The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb Dead at 62

> May 20 2012

The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb Dead at 62
By Josiah HughesAfter a long battle with liver and colon cancer, the Bee Gees' Robin Gibb has passed away. He was 62.

A publicist confirmed the death to Rolling Stone, writing, "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."

The news of Gibb's cancer first broke in late 2011, and followed intestinal issues he had in 2010.

First performing with his brothers in 1958, Gibb and the Bee Gees dabbled in pop and rock before making their biggest mark in the mid-'70s with their highly influential work in the disco genre.

Most recently, Gibb worked with his son RJ to compose The Titanic Requiem, a piece memorializing the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The piece was recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and performed in April. Unfortunately, due to his health issues, Gibb was unable to attend.

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And yet for all their comebacks and even the one comeback after Robin's 10 day coma the enigma that was the Bee Gees has gone. Yet in all likelihood the enigma will forever stay in the collective consciousness of a generation that was mesmerized by blazing thumping lights, beats, the sense of abandon that the 70′s heralded and of course that first teenage kiss on the disco floor. Robin Gibb one suspects will be surely missed as we too march on to our own mortality....

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