Peter Edward “Ginger” Baker (19 August 1939 – 6 October 2019) was an English drummer and a co-founder of the rock band Cream. His work in the 1960s and 1970s earned him the reputation of “rock’s first superstar drummer”
In February 2013, Baker said he had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease from years of heavy smoking, and chronic back pain from degenerative osteoarthritis. In February 2016, Baker was diagnosed with “serious heart issues” and cancelled all future gigs.
On 25 September 2019, Baker’s family reported that he was critically ill in hospital. Baker died on 6 October 2019 at the age of 80.