Jack Bruce, bassist and vocals for the legendary and influential Cream, sadly passed away earlier today at the age of 71 (Oct. 25). A message posted on Bruce’s website read, “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.”

It’s been reported that liver disease was the cause of death.

Bruce’s music career started in 1962 in London, playing with Alexis Korner in Blues Incorporated. From there he met drummer Ginger Baker formed the Graham Bond Organisation. In 1965, he joined John Mayall‘s Bluesbreakers, which featured Eric Clapton on guitar. A stint with Manfred Mann followed that, then Baker and Clapton approached him in the summer of 1966 about forming a “power trio” that became the legendary Cream.

Jack continued after Cream’s breakup, with a stint joining Leslie West and Corky Laing of Mountain, and three stints with Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band. He also released multiple solo records, with his last ‘Silver Rails’ released in March of 2014.

Baker’s former Cream band mates posted the following on tSilver Rails’ in March 2014heir Facebook pages today:

I am very sad to learn of the loss of a fine man, Jack Bruce… My thoughts & wishes are with his family at this difficult time. – Ginger Baker

It is with great sadness that we learned that Jack Bruce had passed away this morning at his home in England.

“He was a great musician and composer, and a tremendous inspiration to me” – Eric Clapton

Our condolences to Jack’s family, friends and loved ones. You will live on forever in your mighty contributions to the world of music.

Jack Bruce RIP