Cream drummer Ginger Baker has scrapped all of his upcoming tour dates after being diagnosed with “serious heart problems”.
Baker confirmed the news on his official blog in a post titled ‘Ginger is shocked by the news of his health’, writing: “Just seen doctor… big shock… no more gigs for this old drummer… everything is off… of all things I never thought it would be my heart…”
His team later issued an important announcement via Facebook, stating: “To all fans; it is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of all shows. Ginger’s doctor’s have insisted that he have complete rest due to diagnosis of serious heart problems.
“We hope you will all join with his family in wishing him well. God bless Ginger Baker.”
Back in 2013, Baker revealed during an interview with Rolling Stone that his health was “not good”, adding: “It’s troubling. At the end of the gig I’m absolutely exhausted.
“I’ve got degenerative osteoarthritis, which is extremely painful and I’m on a regiment with a health service pain management control. Apart from that I’ve got COPD from smoking.”
Fans on Facebook went on to express their concern over his smoking, with his team reassuring his followers that Baker “gave up smoking months ago”.
Back in October, Baker performed as part of a tribute to mark the one-year anniversary of Cream bassist Jack Bruce’s death.