Singer Robin Gibb, Bee Gees co-founder, dies at 62

Mon May 21, 2012 2:34pm EDT
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By Li-mei Hoang

LONDON (Reuters) - Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb, who with brothers Barry and Maurice helped define the disco era with their falsetto harmonies and funky beats on hits like "Stayin' Alive" and "Jive Talkin'", died on Sunday after a long fight with cancer. He was 62.

The singer had colon and liver cancer and, despite brief improvements in his health in recent months, passed away on Sunday evening.

Gibb died at the London Clinic surrounded by his second wife Dwina, sons Spencer and Robin-John and daughter Melissa.

Barry, now the last surviving member of the Bee Gees, had been in Britain in recent weeks to see his ailing brother, but was in the United States when he died.

Funeral arrangements are expected to be announced later this week, a spokesman said.

"The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time," read a statement on Gibb's website.

Fans, fellow musicians and politicians paid tribute to the musician, and at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas late on Sunday the show stopped for a moment of silence to honor him.

Actor John Travolta, who played the white-suited dance king Tony Manero in "Saturday Night Fever," which featured music by the Bee Gees, paid tribute to Gibb.   Continued...

Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees watches the unveiling of a green plaque on the front of a building, in central London in this May 10, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor/Files