Posted: May 20 2012
LONDON – Just last week news spread that Robin Gibb of the famous Bee Gees group was recovering well enough, the doctors were looking to release him from the hospital.
Sadly, now the airways are filled with news that the man with the super voice has died.
Robin Gibb died in a London hospital after a battle with colon and liver cancer today. He was 62.
Robin’s series of health crises began in August 2010 when he underwent emergency surgery to treat a blocked intestine. The same hereditary condition led to Robin’s twin brother Maurice Gibb’s death in January 2003 at age 53. He contracted pneumonia and slipped into a coma.
Gibb’s family released a statement today, saying: “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. The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”
Robin Gibb’s death today puts a spotlight on Bee Gees, one of the most successful groups in pop music history.
The brother trio, which also included oldest brother Barry Gibb and Robin’s twin Maurice, amassed nine #1 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100, a total matched by only two other groups or duos. The Beatles lead with 20. The Supremes had 12.
Robin’s final project was The Titanic Requiem, which he wrote with his younger son, Robin-John (RJ) Gibb. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra recorded the classical work, which premiered on April 10 at London’s Westminster City Hall.
Robin is survived by his wife Dwina; mother, Barbara; brother Barry, 65; daughter Melissa, 37; and sons Spencer, 39, and RJ, 29.
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