Disco era superstar Robin Gibb, dead at 62

Singer Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees pop group has died. He was 62.

Gibb died Sunday after battling cancer and while recuperating from intestinal surgery, family spokesman Doug Wright announced to the press.

Gibb suffered from colorectal cancer. He had intestinal surgery in March and later fell into a coma, but awoke April 21 and was reportedly in good spirits, surrounded by his family.

Gibb and his brothers formed the supergroup The Bee Gees, and had defined much of the disco sounds and hits of the 1970s with their singles “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever” and “How Deep Is Your Love?” from iconic disco film “Saturday Night Fever.”

The Bee Gees — Robin, Maurice and Barry — were a successful pop act a decade before the John Travolta career starting film “Saturday Night Fever,” with a string of hits, some of which featured Robin’s unusual vocal style, notably on “I Started a Joke.”

Their four-decade run saw nine No. 1 U.S. singles in the 1970s, six Grammy Awards and being honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

Twins Robin and Maurice were born on the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea, and they later grew up in Manchester, England, and then moved to Brisbane, Australia.

Andy Gibb died of a heart condition at age 30 in 1988 after struggling with addiction. Robin’s fraternal twin, Maurice, passed away at 53 in 2003, of a heart attack while awaiting surgery for a blocked intestine.

Gibb is survived by his brother barry, mother Barbara, sister leslie, second wife, Dwina, son, Robin-John, plus two children from his marriage to Molly Hullis, Spencer and Melissa; and another daughter, Snow Robin, from a 2008 relationship.

R.I.P. Robin. The whole world – including Massachusetts – will miss you.

 

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