Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees dies at 62
Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees died of cancer at the age of 62, it was announced on May 20.
"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," a statement from the family said. "The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time."
Last month it was revealed Gibb was suffering from advanced colorectal cancer, shortly after he woke up from a coma after falling ill with pneumonia, as his immune system was weakened from grueling doses of chemotherapy and two operations.
In March, Gibb underwent emergency surgery to remove a blood clot in his colon. The singer has been in and out of the hospital since October 2011.
Gibb recently collaborated with his son RJ for his first classical album, "The Titanic Requiem." The record commemorates the 100th anniversary of the deadly ship disaster and was released on March 27. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performed music from the album at a world premiere in Central Hall, Westminster in London on April 10. Gibb was slated to attend the premiere, but missed it due to his illness.
Gibb also underwent surgery in 2010 for a blocked intestine. His twin brother Maurice, the third member of the Bee Gees, died in 2003 at age 53 in Miami. He had suffered a cardiac arrest before an emergency surgery for an intestinal blockage.
The Bee Gees, a Grammy-winning pop and disco trio known for their falsetto sound, was formed in the late 1950s and was made up of the two brothers and their older brother, Barry. The group was best known for 1970s hits such as "Stayin' Alive," "How Deep Is Your Love," and "More Than a Woman," all of which were featured on the soundtrack of the 1977 dance film "Saturday Night Fever."
Gibb is survived by his second wife, Dwina, and four children, as well as his older brother, fellow Bee Gee Barry Gibb, and his sister Lesley Evans, who lives in Australia.