Fellow musicians and celebrities are mourning the loss of legendary Cream bassist and vocalist Jack Bruce, who died Saturday morning at age 71.
Bruce’s family revealed the sad news on Facebook Saturday morning, saying, “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 lived on in his music and forever in our hearts.”
Bruce was best known for being a member of Cream, what most people consider the original rock supergroup, in the ’60s. Eric Clapton played guitar for the band, and Ginger Baker was the drummer. They were known for the hits “I Feel Free” and “Sunshine of Your Love,” among others.
Fellow rock legends and celebrities also took to social media to share their grief at his passing.
Very sad to hear of the passing of Jack Bruce, a major influence in music and an amazing bass player and singer. He was a hero to so many.
— Tony Iommi (@tonyiommi) October 25, 2014
Jack Bruce " Bassist of Cream " R.I.P.
— Mick Mars (@mrmickmars) October 25, 2014
RIP Jack Bruce…I had the honor of jamming with him a few years ago, a memory I will always cherish! One of the legends…
— Mike Portnoy 🤘 (@MikePortnoy) October 25, 2014
So sad to hear of Jack Bruce passing. My biggest influence and favourite bass player. Thank you, Jack. RIP.
— Geezer Butler (@geezerbutler) October 25, 2014
— Gibson (@gibsonguitar) October 25, 2014
RIP Jack Bruce. So sad to hear this great pioneering rock musician is gone. Inspiring to us all. I'll be listening to BADGE tonight. Bri
— Dr. Brian May (@DrBrianMay) October 25, 2014
RIP my beautiful friend Jack Bruce .. Thanks your amazing art .. And being such an inspiration when I started playing bass: love you J💜🙏GH
— Glenn Hughes (@glenn_hughes) October 25, 2014
Bruce died at his home in Suffolk, England, according to publicist Claire Singer.
According to The Guardian, Bruce suffered from liver disease, which is expected to be related to the cause of his death.