Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees dead at age 62

Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees dead at age 62

London : United Kingdom | May 20, 2012 at 4:24 PM PDT
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Bee Gee Robin Gibb wakes up from coma

Robin Gibb died Saturday after a long battle with colon and liver cancer. The 62 year old singer fell into a coma last week after contracting pneumonia. The family spokesman Doug Wright confirmed that Gibb had been able to communicate with his family members who were at his bedside for his stay at a London hospital.

Gibb's relatives have said they have been singing to him while in hospital, with wife Dwina revealing he had cried when she played him the song Crying by Roy Orbison.

When he finally woke up from a 12-day coma, Robin Gibb looked at his son and uttered a heart wrenching: 'Hello RJ'.

Family membershad kept a bedside vigil for the 12 days the Bee Gee had lain in a coma.

Along with Maurice and older brother Barry, Robin sang and co-wrote the biggest hits of the disco era.

Born Dec. 22, 1949, Robin Gibb was the elder twin by 35 minutes. While still a teenager, he and his British-born, Australian-raised brothers scored their breakthrough hit, "New York Mining Disaster 1941," a Beatles-esque tune penned by Robin and Barry, according to

The British-born, Australia-raised singer and his brothers rose to fame in the ’70s, thanks to the staggering popularity of disco. With such hits as “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever,” and “How Deep is Your Love,” the group’s falsetto harmonies — which were drizzled like honey over infectious disco beats — turned the soundtrack to 1977′s Saturday Night Fever into a smash hit.

Robin Gibb confessed decades later to still never having seen the iconic disco drama that featured several Bee Gees classics, including "Stayin' Alive," "How Deep Is Your Love," " Night Fever," "More Than a Woman," and "If I Can't Have You," which was written by the Gibb brothers, but performed by Yvonne Elliman.

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Robin, Maurice and Barry Gibb in 1979.
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