In an announcement on his website, Jack Bruce’s family announced that the bassist and singer passed away earlier this morning. The note simply stated, “It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend. The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.” According to a report from the BBC, Bruce died of liver disease at his home in Suffolk, England.
Bruce formed the band Cream with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker in 1966. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and played a reunion tour back in 2005. A reissue of their albums is due out on vinyl next month.
Bruce released his last solo album, Silver Rails, earlier this spring. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Bruce discussed the album and said, “And I’m quite a cheerful old chap. I quite like to just enjoy my life. I’m thrilled to make this album. I put my heart and soul into it, and I’m very pleased with the way it came out.”