Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has died, aged 62, after a long battle with cancer. Gibb had been battling his illness for just over a year-and-a-half, and while he mostly recovered from tumours in his liver and colon, it was feared that he might not have long to live after more tumours appeared. He recently slipped into a coma, which he managed to recover from, but sadly, he did not hold on in the end.
His family have released an official statement that reads: “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 and his brothers were originally from Manchester before moving to Redcliffe, near Brisbane, in the 50s. The Bee Gees have become one of the biggest-selling groups of all time, churning out hits including Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Massachusetts and Night Fever. Sadly, he is not the first of the group to pass on. A twisted intestine was the cause of his brother Maurice’s death in 2003.