Cream co-founder - and perhaps one of the greatest bassists of all time - Jack Bruce has died aged 71.

"It is with great sadness that we, Jack's family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all around legend," reads the statement on his official website. "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 various reports, the cause of death was live disease.

What can you really say about Jack Bruce? He was the co-founder of Cream, worked with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, and did session work for the likes of Lou Reed and Frank Zappa. Hell, that's just the tip of the iceberg; his legend status was cemented way before he died.