Amongst the glut of celebrity deaths that seem to be filling the news currently is Robin Gibb who died aged 62 after a long running battle with cancer. The most frail and camp looking member of the Brothers Gibb, Bee Gees awoke fr
om a coma about a month ago and was given a 10% chance of survival by doctors.
Fans had been hopeful that Gibb would recover from cancer and intestinal surgery when his awakening from the coma confounded doctors who had all but written him off.
A statement has been released saying, “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.”
As recently as early February Robin was still taking part in interviews during which time he told a BBC reporter, “I was diagnosed with a growth in my colon, it was removed. And I’ve been treated for that by a brilliant doctor, and in their words ‘the results have been spectacular.'”
Of the cancer growth, he said, “[it] is almost gone and I feel fantastic. Really from now on, it’s just what they could describe as a ‘mopping-up’ operation. I am very active and my sense of well-being is good.”
His career stretches back to the 1970s when the disco era really kicked in. The Bee Gees enjoyed massive success with their camp breed of disco and climbed to greater heights when they penned and performed the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever which starred John Travolta as a funky sex muppet who wore far too much white.
They will be remembered for their falsetto voices, whiter than white teeth and soft focus videos which accompanied their catchy chart topping hits and drew sniggers from other sections of society.
Robin Gibb’s death follows his twin brother Maurice’s back in 2009 which ultimately put an end to any possible Bee Gees reunion plans (the group was ‘retired’ in 2003), despite Robins hopes to resurrect the band as a duo.
Barry Gibb, the oldest of the founding members, survives his three brothers and is unlikely to continue as the ‘Bee Gee’.
Robin Gibb’s passing comes just three days after the death of Donna Summer, another disco queen who also died following a battle with cancer (read about that here).
Fans have been paying tribute to the Bee Gees and Robin Gibb on Twitter and Facebook as they mourn the loss of one of the country’s greatest entertainers; a man who started his band as a joke.
Rest in peace Robin Gibb, you will no doubt be Stayin’ Alive in the hearts of millions of fans.
Read about Beastie Boys MCA who died of cancer related illness.
Images: stereogum.com, justfashion.ca, unrealitytv.co.uk, thisislondon.co.uk