22 May 2012

Bee Gee Robin Gibb loses battle with cancer

4:49 am on 22 May 2012

Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has died after a long battle with cancer.

Gibb, 62, had surgery on his bowel 18 months ago for an unrelated condition, but a tumour was discovered and he was diagnosed with cancer of the colon and later of the liver. He was in a coma for 12 days in April this year after contracting pneumonia.

He last performed on stage at the London Palladium in February at a charity concert for wounded servicemen and women.

The third of five children, Robin Gibb was born on the Isle of Man in the United Kingdom on 22 December 1949, half an hour before his twin brother Maurice.

When he was nine, the family moved to Brisbane in Australia where the twins formed a pop band called the Bee Gees with their elder brother Barry, topping the charts there with Spicks and Specks.

The family moved back to England in 1967 and the Bee Gees went on to become famous around the world for tight, high harmonies, snappy melodies and their original sound.

The group is among the biggest-selling of all time with hits spanning six decades, including Stayin' Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Massachusetts and Night Fever.

Their contribution to the Saturday Night Fever album in 1977 made it the best-selling movie soundtrack, with more than 40 million copies sold to date.

In total, the Bee Gees achieved nine No 1 songs and sold 110 million records.

Robin Gibb also led a successful solo career and released seven albums under his own steam, including a Requiem to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

His twin, Maurice, died of a heart attack in 2003 after intestinal surgery.

Andy Gibb, the youngest of the brothers, was a successful solo singer but died in 1988 after years of substance abuse.