Legendary rock drummer Ginger Baker is "critically ill" in the hospital, according to his family, who also asked for "prayers" for the musician.
For the majority of his post-Cream career, Baker focused on playing jazz with the occasional return to rock and roll, like with Hawkwind and John Lydon's Public Image Ltd band and a series of Cream reunion concerts with Clapton and Bruce. He also released a number of solo albums, including 2014's Why?
Baker has suffered a number of health setbacks in recent years. In 2013, he revealed an "extremely painful" degenerative form of osteoarthritis and pulmonary disease which he contracted from smoking. In 2016, Baker underwent open-heart surgery following a bad fall.
In addition to his brilliance at the drums, Baker is infamous for his temper, which was among the qualities chronicled in the 2012 documentary Beware of Mr. Baker.
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