Singer Robin Gibb of Bee Gees fame in coma

Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:28pm EDT
 

By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - Singer Robin Gibb, a founding member of the disco-era hit machine the Bee Gees, is in a coma after contracting pneumonia, his official website said on Saturday.

A spokesman for the 62-year-old, who has been battling cancer, was not immediately available to comment on reports in the British media that Gibb had been surrounded by close family in a London hospital and may have only days to live.

"Sadly the reports are true that Robin has contracted pneumonia and is in a coma," a statement on www.robingibb.com said.

"We are all hoping and praying that he will pull through."

The website has been closed down temporarily.

An unnamed family friend told the Sun newspaper: "He has kept so positive and always believed he could beat this. Sadly, it looks like he has developed pneumonia, which is very bad in his situation."

The tabloid said that Gibb's wife Dwina, sons Spencer and Robin-John, daughter Melissa and brother Barry were keeping a bedside vigil.

In February, Gibb announced he had made a "spectacular" recovery from cancer, but in late March he underwent further surgery on his intestines.   Continued...

 
British musician Robin Gibb prepares to present U.S.actor 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