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Robin Gibb Dead At 62

Bee Gees Member Robin Gibb Dies At The Age Of 62


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Via CBC.Ca

We have lost so many great artists over the past few months.

And, today marked the passing of the great Robin Gibb, who was a member, along with his brothers, of the iconic group, The Bee Gees.

According to CBC.Ca:

Gibb had been battling colon and liver cancer since last year and fell into a coma for a week in mid-April. He missed the London premiere last month of his first classical work, The Titanic Requiem, which he wrote with his son, Robin-John Gibb. At that time, he was reported to be suffering from pneumonia.

Gibb spent part of his career as a solo artist, but is best known as a singer and songwriter for the Bee Gees, the band he formed with his brothers Maurice and Barry.

Despite financial success, Robin Gibb and his brothers endured repeated tragedies. Maurice died suddenly of intestinal and cardiac problems in 2003. Their younger brother Andy Gibb, who also enjoyed considerable chart success as a solo artist, had died in 1988 just after turning 30. He suffered from an inflamed heart muscle attributed to a severe viral infection.

Robin Gibb himself took care of his health and, at the time of his death, was a vegan who did not drink alcohol.

How sad that, with all the success they achieved in the music industry, these brothers suffered incredible health issues and eventual loss.

My heart and prayers go out to Robin Gibb’s family. R.I.P. Robin

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2 Responses to “Bee Gees Member Robin Gibb Dies At The Age Of 62”

  1. I was saddened to learn the news of Robin Gibb’s death. I was a huge BeeGees fan back in the day,and saw them twice in concert,they were amazing live performers,no pyro,no autotune,just a great band,with great musicians,and stellar songwriters with great vocals. I miss those days greatly,especially with what we are presented to listen to today. I’m grateful their music lives on. His was a creative life well lived.

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  2. Another sad loss for sure. Ironically, Robin and Barry’s last public performance was on the American Idol stage, singing with someone who is near and dear to most of us, Siobhan Magnus. Small world.

    I saw a documentary several months back about the two surviving Gibb brothers coming back together after the riff that had grown between them following the loss of Maurice. The harmonies these siblings could produce, even at this stage of their lives and with health problem was astounding. Rest in Peace Robin.

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