Robin Gibb, the singer who notched up a string of worldwide hits as part of the Bee Gees, died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. He was 62.
On 4 March it was announced that Gibb was in remission from cancer On 28 March, Gibb’s publicist announced that he had been hospitalised for intestinal surgery and was recovering and cancelled scheduled appearances
On 14 April, it was reported that Gibb was “fighting for his life” after contracting pneumonia and was in a coma in a Chelsea hospital. Gibb’s three oldest children, his wife Dwina, his brother Barry and his mother were at his bedside.On 20 April, it was reported that Gibb was out of his coma and was making remarkable progress, according to his family. On 22 April, however, it was reported that he had advanced colorectal cancer.He died in London on 20 May 2012 at the age of 62.
Music historian Paul Gambaccini described Gibb as “one of the major figures in the history of British music” and “one of the best white soul voices ever”, while he noted that the Bee Gees were “second only to Lennon and McCartney as the most successful songwriting unit in British popular music”. Gibb’s death left his brother Barry as the only surviving original member of the Bee Gees.