Cream icon Jack Bruce has died at the age of 71, his family have announced.

The bassist and vocalist had been the victim of a series of hoax announcements about his passing in recent days, but it’s now been confirmed.

A brief statement on his official website, Facebook page and Twitter account says: “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.”

The statement has been supported by publicist Claire Singers, who says: “He died today at his home in Suffolk, surrounded by his family.”