Dec 22, 1949 – May 20, 2012
Bee Gees singer and co-founder Robin Gibb passed away Sunday evening after a long battle with cancer. He was 62.
The legendary crooner, along with brothers Barry and Maurice Gibb, drastically shaped the disco era through their inventive use of funky beats and their now signature high falsetto harmonies on smash hits such as “Stayin’ Alive” and “Jive Talkin.”
Gibb had struggled towards the end of his life with both colon and liver cancer, falling into a coma in recent months. Although the singer would regain consciousness and even showed marked improvements in his health, he died at the London Clinic where he was surrounded by his second wife Dwina, daughter Melissa and sons Spencer and Robin-John.
Gibb’s official website stated: “The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”
Both fans and fellow celebrities paid their respects such as Canadian musician Bryan Adams who shared his feelings via Twitter.
“Robin Gibb RIP. Very sad to hear about yet another great singer dying too young,” wrote Adams, referring to the recent passing of famous disco icon, Donna Summer.
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair shared his respects as well.
"He was a highly intelligent, interested and committed human being,” said Blair in a statement. "He was a great friend with a wonderful open and fertile mind and a student of history and politics. I will miss him very much. My thoughts and prayers are with Dwina and all the family."
A spokesman for the family has stated that funeral arrangements would be announced later this week.