Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb dies at 62
Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has died following a lengthy battle with
cancer. In a statement, Gibb's family said they were announcing his death
with "great sadness".
Gibb, who had undergone intestinal surgery, notched up dozens of hits with
brothers Maurice and Barry - as performers and writers - and sold more
than 200 million records.
The statement said: "The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announces
with great sadness that Robin passed away today following his long battle
with cancer and intestinal surgery."
The Bee Gees' song catalogue, which includes Massachusetts, I've Gotta Get
A Message To You, Lonely Days, How Can You Mend A Broken Heart, How Deep
Is Your Love and Stayin' Alive, led to their induction into both the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Gibb's twin brother Maurice died of a heart attack in 2003 following
Many people took to micro blogging site Twitter to pay their respects.
The star fell into a coma last month after contracting pneumonia but his
family later said he had "beaten the odds" just days after doctors said he
"was in God's hands".
At the time, his son Robin-John Gibb said his father was "completely
Doctors said they were "confounded" by the 62-year-old Gibb's progress
after he was given a 10 per cent chance of survival.
His family maintained a bedside vigil while he was been treated at a
central London hospital.
Gibb's relatives sang to him and wife Dwina said that he had cried when
she played him the song Crying by Roy Orbison.
Gibb had surgery on his bowel 18 months ago for an unrelated condition but
a tumour was discovered and he was diagnosed with cancer of the colon and
subsequently of the liver.
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