The BBC News reports that the Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has died following his fight with cancer.
The Rolling Stone has the press release from the Gibb family on its website. It runs:
"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."
Robin Gibb died at a private hospital in Chelsea, West London. He gave his last interview to The Daily Mail at the start of 2012. An extract runs:
"For more than 18 months, I had lived with an inflammation of the colon; then I was diagnosed with colon cancer, which spread to the liver. I have undergone chemotherapy, however, and the results – to quote my doctor – have been ‘spectacular’. It’s taken a toll, naturally, but the strange thing is that I’ve never felt seriously ill. I’ve mostly felt great. There have been many false claims around, which I’d like to dispel. I am not and have never been ‘at death’s door’. Nor do I have a team of alternative doctors working on my health. That’s not true, although I’m not averse to healthy remedies for any illness. I feel they can go together with conventional medicine. I do eat health foods and drink herbal teas made for me by Dwina, my wife and RJ’s mother. Other than that, I am under the care of Dr Peter Harper at The London Clinic."
Gibb, born in Britain, formed the pop group the Bee Gees in 1958 with his brothers Barry and Maurice. The trio were successful for most of their decades of recording music, but they had two distinct periods of exceptional success: as a pop act in the late 1960s/early 1970s.
The Daily Mirror notes that Gibb had fallen into a coma in January 2012 after contracting pneumonia in his battle against colon and liver cancer. However, he had started to make a recovery and his family were hopeful that he could defeat the cancer. Sadly, this was not to be the case.