UPDATE: Bee Gees Singer Robin Gibb Dead at 62
“The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery,” Gibb’s publicist said in a statement. “The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”
Last month, Gibb was in a coma and given merely days to live after developing a severe case of pneumonia. However, Gibb soon made what was described as a “miraculous” recovery and regained consciousness. Gibb had been battling colon and liver cancers as well as subsequent intestinal problems for two years. In 2010, Gibb was also hospitalized for a twisted intestine, the same ailment that claimed the life of his twin brother, Maurice, in 2003.
Gibb, is most widely-known for his disco-era fame with the Bee Gees — which he formed with Maurice and older brother Barry. Gibb had a successful solo career in the UK simultaneously, with his three albums (‘How Old Are You?’, ‘Secret Agent,’ and ‘Walls Have Eyes’) spawning singles ‘Juilet’ and ‘Boys Do Fall in Love.’
Robin and Barry pretty much called it quits with the Bee Gees after Maurice’s passing. Gibbs most recent work was co-writing the score for ‘The Titanic Requiem’ for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Robin-John in 2012 to coincide for the 100th Anniversary of Titanic’s demise. He was unable to attend the premiere however, due to poor health this past April.
Gibb has been inducted in both the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the Grammy Museum and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an entity of the Bee Gees.
Our thoughts are with Gibb’s family and friends during this heartbreaking time.
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