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Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb in coma

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LONDON – Robin Gibb, singer with the legendary British band the Bee Gees, is in a coma in hospital after contracting pneumonia in his battle against cancer, his official website confirmed Saturday.

This September 25, 2004, file photo shows former Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb, performing a song at the beginning of a show match between former German tennis star Steffi Graf and Argentina's Gabriela Sabatini at the Max-Schmeling-Halle hall on in Berlin. British media reports said Saturday (April 14, 2012) Gibb is in a coma in a London hospital. AP PHOTO/ JAN BAUER

“Sadly the reports are true that Robin has contracted pneumonia and is in a coma. We are all hoping and praying that he will pull through,” said a brief statement on RobinGibb.com.

British media reported Saturday that the 62-year-old was at a hospital in Chelsea, west London, where wife Dwina, his three children and brother, Barry – also of the group – were keeping a bedside vigil.

Gibb, part of one of the biggest-selling groups of all time, had bowel surgery 18 months ago for an unrelated condition but a tumour was found and he was diagnosed with cancer of the colon and the liver.

Back in February, Gibb said he had made a “spectacular” recovery from his treatment, sparking hopes that his cancer was in remission, but he has since experienced a sharp deterioration.

Gibb was too ill to attend Tuesday’s premiere of his first classical work, “The Titanic Requiem”, composed with his son Robin-John Gibb to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the luxury liner on April 15, 1912.

The work, recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, took more than two years to complete.

Gibb had been due to perform in person the song “Don’t Cry Alone” at the premiere, staged at the Central Hall Westminster in London.

“The one place he really wanted to be in two and a half years he couldn’t be and it was heartbreaking,” his son RJ Gibb told BBC television on Thursday.

“He’s still in hospital. He’s fighting a lung infection. As a lot of people who’ve had family members or friends who have been through a cancer bout know, there are a lot of periphery problems afterwards that you have to deal with.

“He will have to keep scrutiny on this for his entire life and, God willing and we’re all praying for him, he comes through and makes a speedy recovery.”

The Bee Gee underwent surgery for an ongoing problem with a twisted intestine in 2010.

The same hereditary condition led to the death of his twin brother Maurice at the age of 53 in 2003, while younger brother Andy died in 1988 following a battle against cocaine addiction.

Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb scaled the heights of the pop world in the 1970s with disco hits including “How Deep Is Your Love”, “Stayin’ Alive”, and “Night Fever”.

The band notched up record sales of more than 200 million following their first hits in the 1960s.


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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NNAJQQUKFAB4DITXYZPSG26FYA Martin

    People are dying young…40s, 50s, 60s.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1640413830 Ily Michael

    Praying for you Robin! <3

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3RMNEZCQQHXWOQRXJROQ2CORFU Homer Guo

    british? di ba australian sila? 

  • spiritnsoul700

    One of the truly evergreen singing sensation  group/brothers  and multi talented musicians and song writers, The Bee Gees is one of the only few that had survived  and found so much sucess in singing industry for so long  and still able to capture millinons of fans both young and old with their blend of songs and music.

    Even the present singing generation, will find it difficult to surpass the Bee Gees, Just look at some of these today singing sensations. today  they made  it to the top,  and come tomorrow, they are gone , unlike the Bee Gees who had approx 50 years in music industry.

  • Topioquin

    Without him the bee gees will no longer be bee gees. Very sad. 



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