Robin Gibb, a founder member of the Bee Gees, had been battling colon and liver cancer and was recently hospitalised with pneumonia. Earlier this month he slipped into a coma but recently awoke from that, to the amazement of his doctors.
However, it was a brief improvement in Robin’s condition and he died at the weekend. He was in London at the time of his death, but split his time between the UK and the US.
Gibb had surgery on his bowel 18 months ago for an unrelated condition, but a tumor was discovered and he was diagnosed with cancer of the colon and, subsequently, of the liver.
On Robin Gibb’s Facebook page, a status update on Sunday read, “Our sweet hero has gone to heaven to sing with the angels.”
The statement continued,
“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.”
Gibb’s son, Robin-John (29) had been due to premiere a collaborative classical work, The Titanic Requiem, with his father in April, but the event went ahead without Gibb due to his poor health.
The Bee Gees’ song catalog, which includes hits such as Massachusetts, I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You, Lonely Days, 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 intestinal surgery. Gibb’s younger brother Andy, who was not part of the Bee Gees but a successful singer in his own right, died in 1988 from heart failure at 30. They are survived by the remaining member of The Bee Gees, Maurice, now aged 65. Robin also had 4 children, the youngest being born in 2008, from an affair with his housekeeper.