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Bee Gee Stayin’ Alive — Barely

Posted on | April 15, 2012 | 4 Comments

Singer Robin Gibb is reportedly in a coma after being hospitalized for pneumonia while being treated for colon cancer:

The 62-year-old singer’s family have been keeping vigil at his bedside at a hospital in Chelsea, west London.
They are understood to include his wife Dwina, brother Barry, 65, daughter Melissa, 37, and sons Spencer, 39, and Robin-John, 29.
Gibb had surgery on his bowel 18 months ago for an unrelated condition, but a tumour was discovered and he was diagnosed with cancer of the colon and, subsequently, of the liver. It had been thought his cancer was in remission as early as last month, but the latest deterioration in his health coincides with reports of a secondary tumour. . . .
Gibb’s twin brother and bandmate Maurice died from the same bowel condition that initially led doctors to operate on Robin.
Gibb’s younger brother Andy, who was not part of the Bee Gees but a successful singer in his own right, died in 1988 from heart failure at 30.


4 Responses to “Bee Gee Stayin’ Alive — Barely”

  1. Adjoran
    April 15th, 2012 @ 6:13 am

    I really hated the Gibbs as sell-outs when they went disco, but their stuff was among the class of that genre, such as it was.  Really liked their early stuff.

    Sad news about Robin, my thoughts and prayers for him and his family and friends in this difficult time.

  2. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    April 15th, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    Go get that colonoscopy that you have been putting off.  We lost Zappa too this, so it is not just confined to musicians who sell out to disco.  

  3. Doug Winship
    April 15th, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    Don’t forget that they created a lot of great music AFTER the Disco era as well.

  4. ThePaganTemple
    April 15th, 2012 @ 11:44 am

    All sympathies and regards to Robin Gibbs and his family in their hour of impending loss and suffering. But frankly, the Bee Gees were always second rate, at best, unless there is some really great album cuts among their early material that never received air play, and I tend to doubt that. The few good hits you’ve heard is probably as good as they got.