Ginger Baker, the British musician who was best known for his time with the band Cream, died Sunday at age 80, his family said.
His family had previously said that he was critically ill and asked fans to “please keep him in your prayers”. His Facebook page said he “passed away peacefully” on Sunday morning. Paul McCartney paid tribute, writing on Twitter, “Great drummer, wild and lovely guy … Sad to hear that he died but the memories never will.”
Baker was born in 1939 in Lewisham, south London. He began drumming in his mid-teens. He played with the Graham Bond Organisation, with Jack Bruce on bass guitar. Despite friction between Baker and Bruce, the pair in 1966 formed Cream with Eric Clapton. The band split in 1968, releasing a final album in 1969. He is survived by his three children.