Robin Gibb, Member of Bee Gees, Dies at 62

Singer fought brave battle against colon and liver cancer.

ByABC News
April 16, 2012, 1:33 PM

May 20, 2012— -- Robin Gibb, one of the founding member of the Bee Gees, along with his brothers Barry and Maurice, has died of at age 62.

"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," family spokesman Doug Wright said.

The singer, songwriter and disco icon waged a brave battle against colon and liver cancer.

In 2010 he underwent surgery to treat a twisted bowel, a congenital condition that killed his twin brother and fellow Bee Gee, Maurice, in 2003. In January of this year Robin's spokesman announced that doctors had found a growth in his colon but said the singer was responding well to treatment despite his shockingly thin appearance.

In an interview with BBC radio in early February, Gibb proclaimed that he had made a "spectacular recovery" from cancer. But he was back in the hospital in late March for intestinal surgery and forced to cancel all of his plans.

Gibb had been working on his first classical concert, ""The Titanic Requiem" with his son Robin-John to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the disaster. Preparing for the concert, he said, distracted him from his "illness to such a degree that I truly believed it might have saved my life," according to the British newspaper, The Sun."

When the Titanic concert debuted in London April 12, Gibb wasn't there.

"Sadly the reports are true that Robin has contracted pneumonia and is in a coma. We are all hoping and praying he will pull through," said a statement on this past weekend.

There was also an apology for Gibb's website being inaccessible due to "an extraordinarily high volume of traffic." Fans were directed to his official Facebook page.

Gibb's wife Dwina, daughter Melissa, 37, and sons Spencer, 39, and Robin-John, 29, and brother Barry, 65, the last surviving member of the Bee Gees, reportedly kept a vigil by his bedside at a private hospital in London.

Gibb is survived by four children, Melissa and Spencer, with first wife Molly Hullis, Robin-John with second wife Dwina, and a two-year-old girl, Snow Robin, with his former housekeeper, Claire Yang.

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He is also survived by his mother, 91- year-old Barbara Gibb, who has lost three of her four sons.

"I sometimes wonder if all the tragedies my family has suffered, like Andy and Maurice dying so young and everything that's happened to me recently, is kind of a karmic price we are paying for all the fame and fortune we've had," Gibb told the British newspaper The Sun in March of this year.

The Bee Gees, British-born, Australia-raised brothers, were one of most successful pop groups of all time, selling more than 200 million albums. Their soundtrack to the movie "Saturday Night Fever" won a Grammy in 1979 and reigned as the top-selling album in history until Michael Jackson's "Thriller" topped it in the 1980's. In 2003, it was ranked number 131 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and was the all-time number one soundtrack album until Whitney Houston's "The Bodyguard" surpassed it in 1992.

The Bee Gees became members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and won seven Grammy Awards.

Gibb was the lead singer of the original trio but Barry Gibb's signature falsetto sound on songs like "Nights on Broadway" dominated the group during their glory days. The group had exceptional success in the late 1960's, early 70's and became a disco sensation with blockbuster hits "Stayin' Alive" and "Night Fever."

The Brother's Gibb, as they were sometimes called, began to sing in harmonization and write songs together as young boys in England. But over their 50-year career they have seen their share of solo adventures, career slumps, suffered through the disco backlash, been the punch line of jokes and endured personal loss.

In 1988, the youngest Gibb brother, Andy, a teen idol, died of heart failure at age 30. Andy struggled with alcohol, drugs and relationships, including a failed romance with actress Victoria Principal.

The Bee Gee's later recorded "Wish You Were Here" in memory of Andy.