Bee Gees' Robin Gibb comatose in London hospital
The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb is in a coma, fighting for his life in a London hospital.
"Sadly the reports are true that Robin has contracted pneumonia and is in a coma," said a statement posted on Gibb's website over the weekend. "We are all hoping and praying that he will still pull through."
After Gibb's website crashed due to the influx of internet traffic brought by the news, fans flocked to his Facebook wall to post their well-wishes.
Gibb, 62, has been battling serious illness for many months, with British tabloids often photographing him appearing frail and gaunt. Last week he missed the London premiere of "Titanic Requiem," a classical composition he wrote with his son RJ to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
According to reports from Britain, Gibb underwent intestinal surgery last month, and he was hospitalized last year due to stomach and colon issues. Though Gibb never disclosed the nature of his illness himself, several news outlets have reported that he has cancer.
Robin's twin brother and Bee Gees bandmate, Maurice, died in 2003 after suffering complications due to a twisted intestine. He was 53.
The Bee Gees, brothers Maurice, Robin and Barry Gibb, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.