Reports have been released that singer Robin Gibb of The Bee Gees is in a coma in a London hospital after contracting pneumonia.
Robin Gibb, 62, was part of the original Bee Gees with brothers Barry and Maurice. Robin’s vibrato and Barry’s falsetto made their distinct sound instantly recognizable.
The Bee Gees enjoyed early success in the 1960’s, then made a huge comeback of sorts with the disco era of the late 1970’s, writing and recording the soundtrack for the hit movie Saturday Night Fever, which starred a young John Travolta. With more than 40 million copies sold, Saturday Night Fever is among music’s top five best selling soundtrack albums, and was recently hailed as the fourth highest selling album worldwide.
The Bee Gees have won seven Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
The Bee Gees have reportedly sold more than 200 million records worldwide, and that at least 2,500 artists have recorded their songs, including Eric Clapton, Elton John, Janis Joplin, Tom Jones, and Elvis Presley.
Earlier this year, Robin publicly announced that he had been diagnosed with colon cancer, and had undergone chemotherapy with “spectacular results”.
Maurice Gibb, Robin’s twin, died suddenly in 2003 at age 53 of a heart attack due to an intestinal complication.
Younger brother Andy, died of a heart ailment in 1988 at age 30.
Robin Gibb’s wife and three children, along with brother Barry, are reportedly at his hospital bedside in Chelsea, West London.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
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