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Ginger Baker "holding his own" in hospital

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The family of Ginger Baker have issued a statement updating fans on the drummer's condition. Baker was admitted to hospital late last week, with his condition described as "critical." 

Now the family has tweeted an update, saying, "Ginger is holding his own & thank you for all your good wishes. He is receiving visits from close family & very special friends."

Baker has suffered ill health in recent years, with the drummer forced to cancel a number of live shows in February 2016 after a fall and being diagnosed with a serious heart condition which required surgery (opens in new tab).

He later thanked doctors (opens in new tab) and was back playing again at the Jack Bruce charity fundraising concert in London in the October of that year (opens in new tab).

In an interview with Classic Rock (opens in new tab), Baker addressed his health issues, saying: “It’s very, very painful. I have a problem with my lower back, and it gets worse the more I play. It’s painful to drum. 

“I have a terrible problem with my right knee, that it sometimes becomes difficult to play. I’ve got a big problem with my wrists. My doctor said it’s arthritis, and there ain’t nothing much you can do about it. It’s just pain.”

Baker formed Cream in 1966 with Bruce and Eric Clapton (opens in new tab) and went on to form Ginger Baker’s Air Force and play with a number of bands including Hawkwind (opens in new tab) and record more than a dozen albums, with his latest record Why? arriving in 2014. 

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Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 36 years in music industry, online for 23. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.