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Ginger Baker's family says the Cream drummer is 'holding his own'

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 9/29/2019 Susan Haas and Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY

Ginger Baker et al. standing next to a guitar: Cream, featuring drummer Ginger Baker, bassist Jack Bruce and guitarist Eric Clapton perform Oct. 24, 2005, at Madison Square Garden in New York. It was the band's first United States performance since their 1993 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. © KATHY WILLENS, AP Cream, featuring drummer Ginger Baker, bassist Jack Bruce and guitarist Eric Clapton perform Oct. 24, 2005, at Madison Square Garden in New York. It was the band's first United States performance since their 1993 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Ginger Baker, the English drummer who co-founded the rock band Cream with guitarist Eric Clapton, is "holding his own" less than a week after being hospitalized in critical condition.

Baker's family announced on Facebook Thursday that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was "critically ill" and hospitalized. They asked Baker's fans to "please keep him in your prayers."

The announcement didn't go into detail about the drummer's illness, but when a fan tweeted, "Is this for real," Baker's account replied, "Sadly yes."

On Sunday, the drummer's Twitter account followed up with a message thanking fans for their good wishes, and said Baker "is receiving visits from close family & very special friends."

The news comes just a month after Baker celebrated his 80th birthday in August. USA TODAY reached out to the drummer's rep for comment.

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Baker is best known for forming the rock band Cream in the ’60s with Clapton and bassist Jack Bruce, who died in 2014. The short-lived group went on to sell 35 million albums in just over two years and was awarded the world's first ever platinum disc for 1968 album "Wheels of Fire."

Their hit songs include "Sunshine of Your Love," "I Feel Free," "White Room" and "Crossroads." Cream was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

Rolling Stone named Baker No. 3 of its 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time

Contributing: The Associated Press

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