Musicians including Paul McCartney have paid tribute to Cream drummer Ginger Baker, who died on Sunday morning aged 80. 

Baker died in a London hospital, a fortnight after his family announced that he was "critically ill."

"Ginger Baker, great drummer, wild and lovely guy," McCartney tweeted, "We worked together on the Band on the Run album in his ARC Studio, Lagos, Nigeria. Sad to hear that he died but the memories never will."

Steven Van Zandt tweeted: "One of the greatest drummers of all time. Begin with Cream's Disraeli Gears."

Steve Van Zandt pays tribute to the London-born drummer Ginger Baker

On Instagram, Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers said. "So much freedom in his playing. What a wildman. Rhythms we’ve heard all our lives he plucked them out of the sky. Rest In Peace Ginger Baker."

Jack Bruce, who was the bassist and co-vocalist with Cream, alongside guitarist Eric Clapton, died in October 2014 and his family has issued a statement.

"The Bruce family would like to extend their sincere condolences to Ginger Baker’s family, friends and fans," they said. "Surviving a love hate relationship, Ginger was like an older brother to Jack, their chemistry was truly spectacular. RIP Ginger, one of the greatest drummers of all time."

Cream in Central Park, New York, in 1968. Left to right: Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Jack Bruce