Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb passes away at 62
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Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb passes away at 62

Los Angeles : CA : USA | May 21, 2012 at 5:44 AM PDT
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The famed Bee Gees member has passed away at the age of 62 after fighting a long battle with cancer.

The news of the death of Robin Gibb, the remaining one of the two members of the famous band, Bee Gees, was confirmed by his spokesman, who told the press that Gibb passed away on Sunday after losing a long and hard battle against cancer.

According to a report on msn.com, the statement by the spokesman reads, "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 was diagnosed with colon and liver cancer two years ago, but he beat the cancer making a "spectacular recovery." The cancer returned after two years and a secondary tumor developed. Gibb's case worsened due to a case of pneumonia, and all of this actually became the cause of his death.

Robin Gibb was born in Manchester in 1949, along with a twin brother, who was named Maurice. Robin and Maurice later formed the world famous band, Bee Gees, along with their elder brother, Barry. The family moved to Australia in 1958, and that is the time when the band was launched there. Even though Bee Gees experienced some success in Australia, as they hosted a weekly variety show there, their true success came when they returned to England and signed up with manager Robert Stigwood.

Robin Gibb was known for his quivering, vulnerable voice. He had appeared in a number of hits that Bee Gees produced including "New York Mining Disaster 1941", "I Started a Joke", "Massachusetts", and "I've Gotta Get a Message to You".

Bee Gees produced several hits, but the band kept disbanding and reuniting, permanently ending when Maurice died in 2003 due to complications arising from a twisted intestine. Surprisingly, Robin Gibb later developed the same problem, but his surgery, which took place in 2010, was successful.

Upon his death, fans from all over the world are paying tribute to Robin Gibb and next week's episode of "Glee" will also feature remakes of Bee Gees' famous tracks.

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File photo of former Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb speaking during a news conference in Moscow
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Samantha86 is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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