What an awful week it’s been for music. Donna Summer passed away just a couple of days ago. And now cancer has also claimed the life of another extremely talented musician of the disco era. Robin Gibb of the awesome, three-member group, the Bee Gees, died yesterday, at 62, after succumbing to a long battle with colon and liver cancer.
We knew he was very sick but really thought that he may have been on the mend after waking up from a coma he fell into for a couple of days in April, while suffering pneumonia. His family feared he wouldn’t recover, but he did for a time.
“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,” a statement from his rep reads. “The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”
Fellow Bee Gee and Robin’s twin brother Maurice Gibb died in 2003 from a twisted bowel, and now this latest loss leaves Barry Gibb as the only surviving member of the group. Born and raised in Manchester, England, the group rose to fame in Australia before returning to the U.K. in the ’60s. They didn’t become known for their dance music until the mid-1970s, and then exploded in popularity with the soundtrack to the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever.
We send our condolences to his family, and to his fans across the world.
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