For the third time in less than a month, the music world has lost another legend to cancer. After the tragic deaths of Adam “MCA” Yauch and Donna Summer, Bee Gees co-founder Robin Gibb is the latest musician to succumb to the dreaded disease.
Gibb has been in ill health since being diagnosed with colon and liver cancer back in 2010, and he fell into a coma after contracting pneumonia last month. He eventually emerged from the coma, but his family released a statement to Rolling Stone this afternoon confirming that Robin had died:
“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. The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”
Robin, along with his brothers Barry and Maurice, founded the Bee Gees in the early 1960s in Australia. They were a mildly successful international act until their 1975 single, “Jive Talkin'”, ushered in the disco era in 1975. After the release of Saturday Night Fever in 1977, the group became arguably the most popular band in the world for a brief moment of time; songs like “Night Fever,” “How Deep Is Your Love” and the title track all hit #1 on the Billboard charts here in the United States, and were massive international songs as well. The group never quite reached those heights again, but their contributions to the genre were so important that they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
All of us here at VH1 and VH1 Classic would like to offer our condolences to the Gibb family during this difficult time.
Robin Gibb, Bee Gees Co-Founder, Dead at 62 [Rolling Stone]
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