Robin Gibb, a member of the legendary supergroup The Bee Gees, has passed away at the age of 62 at a London hospital on Sunday. He had fallen into a coma after seeking treatment for pneumonia, although he reportedly awoke for a brief time when family members played his classical composition, The Titanic Requiem, for him. The singer-songwriter had been battling a number of health problems recently. He had undergone intestinal surgery in late March and been treated for cancer previously.
“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,” his rep said in a statement. “The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”
Born on England’s Isle of Man, Gibb moved to Australia with his family in 1958. There he had some success with his twin Maurice and older brother Barry as the Bee Gees. It took a move back to England in 1967 to take their career to a new level. The group scored their first major hit that same year with the folk rock ballad “New York Mining Disaster 1941.”
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With the Bee Gees, Gibb dominated the pop charts in the 1970s with such disco hits as “Jive Talkin’” and “Stayin’ Alive.” The trio are believed to have sold more than 200 million records during their long career, which started in the 1960s. The Bee Gees name was retired in 2003 after the death of Gibb’s twin brother Maurice. His youngest brother Andy, a pop star in his own right, died in 1988.
Outside of the Bee Gees, Gibb recorded as a solo artist. He had a hit in the 1980s with the song “Juliet.” He was also a passionate advocate for songwriters, serving as the president of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers. His most recent work proved to be a big departure from his disco heyday. With his son RJ, Gibb wrote his first classical piece, Titanic Requiem, to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the infamous luxury liner Titanic in 1912.
Gibb is survived by his second wife Dwina, their son RJ, and his two children, Spencer and Melissa, from his first marriage.