Former Cream member Jack Bruce is recovering from complications from liver transplant surgery. Following the successful Sept. 19 procedure, the musician's body rejected the new organ, and infection an

Former Cream member Jack Bruce is recovering from complications from liver transplant surgery. Following the successful Sept. 19 procedure, the musician's body rejected the new organ, and infection and kidney failure brought him close to death, according to his family.

"After being very critical for a period in which we almost lost him, Jack is now making a successful recovery," the Bruce family said in a statement. Bruce was diagnosed with liver cancer this summer. He was treated at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, England.

The surgery occurred near to the release date of "More Jack Than God," his latest Sanctuary solo album. "The pictures in the album booklet could well have been the last pictures of Jack," the family notes in the statement. "He has proved us wrong. After all, he is a strong Scotsman!"

A short-lived supergroup that also featured guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker, Cream formed in 1966 and disbanded just two years later. The group released three studio albums and in 1993 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Across the last three decades, Bruce has remained active in several groups and solo endeavors that have found him collaborating with everyone from Frank Zappa to guitarists Leslie West and Robin Trower to Parliament keyboardist Bernie Worrell.

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