Robin Gibb woke from coma to sound of his music

Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:24pm EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - Bee Gees singer/songwriter Robin Gibb awoke from a coma while music from his latest composition, the recently released classical work "The Titanic Requiem", was playing, his son said on Monday.

The 62-year-old star of the disco era, who has been battling cancer and pneumonia and slipped into a coma earlier this month, had been given less than a 10 percent chance of surviving, Robin-John told ITV News in an interview.

But as he lay in a London hospital bed, his family members played Bee Gees tunes and noticed Gibb trying to mouth words to songs he had sung hundreds of times. When his latest symphonic music composed with his son was played, Gibb came around.

"He woke up while we were playing the track which is a movement from the (Titanic) Requiem we have just written," Robin-John Gibb told the news program, referring to Gibb's debut classical work which he co-wrote with his son.

Gibb had been due to attend the red carpet premiere of "Titanic Requiem" at the Westminster Central Hall on April 10, but was forced to cancel after he fell ill.

Family members, including the other surviving Bee Gee Barry, have been keeping a bedside vigil at the hospital in recent days amid media reports that he was close to death.

"He is completely compos mentis now and the first thing he said to me was 'Hi R-J, can you tell them my back hurts?' so we got a nurse to turn him. We said we loved each other.

"Two days before that they said they'd thrown the kitchen sink at him, that it was time to make plans because he was in God's hands and such but he beats the odds again and they gave him an under 10 percent survival chance ... he really is something else."

Gibb's doctors released a statement on Sunday in which they praised his "iron will", although the outlook remained uncertain as he received more treatment for advanced bowel cancer, pneumonia and liver failure.   Continued...

British musician Robin Gibb prepares to present John Travolta the award for best international actor during the 46th 'Goldene Kamera' (Golden Camera) awards ceremony at the Ullstein Auditorium in Berlin, February 5, 2011. The Golden Cameras are awarded by a popular German TV-magazine honouring excellence in the areas of television, film and entertainment. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz