Robin Gibb, one of three brothers who made up the popular group the Bee Gees, has passed away Sunday at the age of 62 after a long battle with cancer.
The spokesperson for Robin Gibb released a statement 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,” reads the statement. “The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”
His family confirmed the reports to BBC.
Gibb has been dealing with cancer for the past couple years. Fortunately, two years ago he claimed to recover from both colon and liver cancer, but after the two operations and chemotherapy, another tumor developed, while also contracting a case of pneumonia.
Just last month, Gibb had awoken from a coma and was in high spirits. He even talked about getting back to work. According to CBS, while in the coma, Gibb’s family played numerous Bee Gees songs, and also Gibb’s latest classical composition called “Titanic Requiem”. His wife said that the music might have helped Gibbs wake up from the coma, as when he did, it looked as if he was mouthing lyrics “on cue”.
Robin Gibb, along with his brothers Maurice and Barry, made up the group the Bee Gees, based out of Australia, with roots in England. They are said to have sold more than 200 million records, they had six consecutive No. 1 records during the late 70’s, and won seven Grammys. Also, in 1997, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.