Sunday, May 20, 2012


Another great talent has passed on too soon. Robin Gibb, 62, was an integral part of the international success of the Bee Gees, writing and performing countless hits along with brothers Maurice (who died in 2003) and Barry.

Gibb's health problems began to mount in 2010, with hospitalizations and surgery that seemed eerily reminiscent of Maurice's woes. Early this year, in London's Daily Mail, Robin confirmed he was battling colon cancer that had spread to his liver, but noted that he "mostly felt great." Emergency surgery followed, as did canceled appearances. Most telling, he missed the London premiere of his first classical work, The Titanic Requiem, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ship disaster.

In April, he slipped into a coma after contracting pneumonia, but rallied, a development his doctor called "remarkable."

In a 2010 Q-and-A with the Guardian, Robin was asked what music he'd like to have played at his funeral.

Some Mozart, he replied, and also How Deep Is Your Love.

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