Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb succumbs to cancer
Robin Gibb, one-third of the Grammy-winning Bee Gees, died Sunday (5/20) in a London hospital following a lengthy cancer battle. He was 62.
The British-born musician and his two brothers -- twin Maurice and older brother Barry -- rose to fame in the early '70s with their three-part harmonies and quickly became disco-era royalty, with dance classics like "Stayin' Alive," "Night Fever," "How Deep Is Your Love" and "More Than A Woman." All four of those songs, as well as three others penned by the band, made the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack, which still stands as one of the world's best-selling albums.
Last month, Gibb was hospitalized with pneumonia and, after falling into a coma for a little more than a week, he surprised friends and family by waking up and showing signs of improvement despite doctors' grave prognoses. Due to his declining health, Gibb missed the London premiere of "Titanic Requiem," a classical composition he wrote with his son Robin-John to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
Robin's twin brother and Bee Gees bandmate, Maurice, died in 2003 at the age of 53 after suffering complications due to a twisted intestine. A younger brother, Andy, died in 1988 due to a heart ailment. He was 30.
Gibb is survived by his wife, Dwina, and four children, as well as his mother Barbara, his older brother, fellow Bee Gee Barry Gibb, and his sister Lesley Evans.