Published Nov 21, 2011As one of the founding brothers behind the Bee Gees, Robin Gibb is responsible for some of the most influential dance and pop music ever. Sadly, the 61-year-old has now fallen ill and is currently battling for his life after being diagnosed with liver cancer.
Gibb was reportedly diagnosed several months ago, and this past Tuesday (November 15) was rushed to hospital but returned home five hours later. He's now at his UK home in Thame, Oxfordshire, with his wife Dwina and mother Barbara. His elder brother Barry is reportedly flying from the U.S. to offer his support.
A friend was quoted by the Sunday Mirror as saying, "Robin is not good and there is a lot of concern for him. You can use your wealth to call in the best experts but sometimes no amount of fame, prestige and money can change things when it comes to cancer. But Robin is a strong character, he is a fighter and has been encouraged by all the online messages from his fans. Dwina is doing everything possible and hasn't left his side. There will be difficult times ahead but Robin will never give up and his loving family will make sure he has everything he needs."
Unfortunately, this isn't the first time Gibb has been afflicted with health concerns. In 2010, he underwent surgery for a blocked intestine, and more recently cancelled public appearances due to health concerns.
He founded the Bee Gees with his elder brother Barry and twin Maurice. They first achieved success in the mid- to late '60s, and in the late '70s released smash hits like "How Deep Is Your Love" and "Stayin' Alive." Their final album was 2001's This Is Where I Came In. Maurice died in 2003 of compilations related to a twisted intestine.
Robin has also released a number of solo albums.