Bee Gees star Robin Gibb dies
UK: Robin Gibb, singer with the legendary British band the Bee
Gees, died on Sunday aged 62 after a lengthy battle against cancer, his
family said. “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,” said a family statement.
Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb scaled the heights of the pop world in
the 1970s with disco hits including “How Deep Is Your Love”, “Stayin'
Alive”, and “Night Fever”.
The band notched up record sales of more than 200 million since their
first hits in the 1960s.
Gibb underwent bowel surgery 18 months ago for an unrelated condition
but a tumour was found and he was diagnosed with cancer of the colon and
Back in February, Gibb said he had made a “spectacular” recovery from
his treatment, sparking hopes that his cancer was in remission, but
recently experienced a sharp deterioration.
The singer fell into a coma last month after contracting pneumonia,
but had raised hopes of survival after making another recovery.
Fellow musicians took to microblogging website Twitter to pay their
Canadian rocker Bryan Adams wrote: “Robin Gibb RIP. Very sad to hear
about yet another great singer dying too young.” Simply Red frontman
Mick Hucknall called Gibb a “musical giant” while eighties stars Duran
Duran passed on their condolences to his family.