The Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has passed away after a battle with cancer aged 62. His family had been keeping vigil at his bedside at a hospital in London in recent weeks.
A statement released by relatives said: ”The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery. The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”
Robin had surgery on his bowel last year for an unrelated condition, but a tumour was discovered and he was diagnosed with cancer of the colon and then liver. He was recently thought to be in remission, but his condition worsened when he was diagnosed with pneumonia last month.
In February Robin told how he felt ”fantastic” and had made spectacular progress in his cancer battle, and even returned to the stage, receiving a standing ovation when he appeared at a London Palladium charity concert supporting injured servicemen and women with The Soldiers, performing Bee Gees tracks ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ and ‘I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You’.
The Bee Gees sold over 220 million records in their career but disbanded in 2003 after the sudden death of Robin’s twin, Maurice. Robin had also said he felt his health issues may be a ”karmic price” for the enormous worldwide success of the Bee Gees, who’s high pitched harmonies and disco sound made them one of the defining pop groups of the 70s and 80s, with hits such as ‘Stayin’ Alive’, ‘Jive Talkin” and ‘Night Fever’.