Bee Gees' Robin Gibb Dead at 62

Singer had battled colon, liver cancer
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2012 6:01 PM CDT
Bee Gees' Robin Gibb Dead at 62
Robin Gibb (C), formerly of the pop group the Bee Gees, performs on the German television special 'An Evening For Peace' April 10, 2003 in Berlin.   (Getty Images)

The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb lost his battle with cancer today. He was 62. In a statement, his family announced his death "with great sadness." Though the singer had recently made what seemed like a miraculous recovery, Rolling Stone reports that Gibb fought both colon and liver cancer and recently faced a secondary tumor and pneumonia.

Gibb made up one third of the Bee Gees, formed with twin Maurice and older brother Barry. Writing for Rolling Stone, David Browne notes that Robin's "quivering, vulnerable voice" was a major element of the group's earliest 1960s hits, but it wasn't until the mid- to late-'70s (and after a band breakup, stalled solo career, and reunion) that the Bee Gees hit it huge thanks to Saturday Night Fever. Bittersweet: Next week's Glee will feature the group's Saturday Night Fever songs. (More Bee Gees stories.)

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