Bee Gees’ singer Robin Gibb has died aged 62 after a lengthy battle with cancer, his family said.
The announcement was made, it said, with “great sadness”.
He had battled ill health for several years. In 2010, Gibb cancelled a series of shows after suffering from severe stomach pains while performing in Belgium. He went on to have emergency surgery for a blocked intestine. His twin brother and band partner Maurice died in 2003 aged 53 following complications from a twisted intestine.
He cancelled a series of shows in Brazil in April 2011, after again suffering from abdominal pains. Later that year, he was diagnosed with cancer of the colon after having surgery on his bowel for an unrelated condition. He was later also diagnosed with cancer of the liver, and underwent chemotherapy and surgery.
His increasingly gaunt appearance prompted press speculation that he was close to death. But in February he told the BBC that was making a “spectacular” recovery and he was feeling “fantastic”.
Last month the singer fell into a coma after contracting pneumonia. After 12 days he regained consciousness and his son Robin-John said his father was “completely compos mentis”.
“He has beaten the odds… he really is something else,” he said at the time.
Gibb had recently undergone intestinal surgery.
RIP and thank you for the music.