Robin Gibb has died after a long battle with liver and colon cancer. He was 62 years old.
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, read the statement Sunday. The family has asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.
Gibb recently defied the odds of his condition and woke up after spending a week in a coma. His medical team credited his iron will, but warned that his prognosis remained uncertain.
It is testament to Robin's extraordinary courage, iron will and deep reserves of physical strength that he has overcome quite incredible odds to get where he is now, his doctor said at the time.
Gibb was first diagnosed with cancer 18 months ago, when he was undergoing bowel surgery. The doctors found a tumor and diagnosed him with cancer of the colon and later with cancer of the liver.
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His friends revealed that he had a bucket list, which he kept by his bedside at the hospital. One of Gibb's main wishes before he died was to set up a children's charity involving music, his friend told the Daily Mirror.
Gibb was born in Manchester, England, in 1949. He founded the Bee Gees with his twin brother Maurice in 1958 and later started harmonizing with his older brother Barry. New York Mining Disaster 1941 and Is Starting Joking, were the band's first hits, but it was not until they featured in Saturday Night Fever with Jive Talkin and Saturday Night Fever that they became true stars.
The Bee Gees ended in 2010 with the death of Barry and Maurice, but the remaining two brothers occasionally reunited to perform.
Robin Gibb's most recently produced piece was The Titanic Requiem, for the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship. The singer was forced to cancel his appearance at the premiere last month when he fell sick.
His spirit has been shattered since the pneumonia and he has gone visibly downhill. Before he slipped into a coma he was struggling to get out of bed without a wheelchair, a family friend told the Sun. The piece had its world premiere with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on April 10.
Fans React to Death
Bee Gee fans have flocked to Twitter and Facebook to deliver their condolences for the singer's passing. Got the wings of heaven on my shows, I'm dancing man and I just can't lose R.I.P Robin Gibb, tweeted Nile Rogers, quoting the Bee Gee song.
Dear everyone. Stop using the term cancer battle (i.e. Robin Gibb) Suggests a stronger fighter would have won. Thanks. tweeted Lisa Markwell.
Sad to hear of the passings of Robin Gibb and Donna Summer. I defy anybody to listen to Tragedy or Hot Stuff and not dance or sing-along, tweets Chris Jericho.
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