Sad news for ’70s music fans: Robin Gibb, who along with his brothers Barry and Maurice made up one third of the singin’ disco trio The Bee Gees, has been diagnosed with liver cancer.
Britain’s Sunday Mirror broke the scoop over the weekend, following nearly a year of health battles for the “Stayin’ Alive” singer that have forced him to cancel a number of public appearances in recent months. The singer had emergency gastro-intestinal surgery in Aug. 2010 and chronic pain forced him to postpone a planned solo tour of South America in April of this year. Robin, now 61, appeared frail as he was rushed to the hospital by ambulance last week to his home in Oxfordshire. He was previously hospitalized for three days on Oct. 14 for what was called an inflammation of the colon.
The Mirror cites unnamed insiders who suggests Gibb was diagnosed with the potentially-fatal disease several months ago. And the prognosis isn’t good. Robin’s wife, Dwina, “hasn’t left his side” and his older brother Barry and mom Barbara have flown from the States to his home in the UK. Fans had feared originally that Robin mad suffering from the same condition that contributed to the unexpected death of his twin brother and former bandmate eight years ago. Maurice Gibb was 53 when he died of a heart attack during surgery to treat a twisted intestine.
“Robin is not good and there is a lot of concern for him. You can use your wealth to call in the best experts but sometimes no amount of fame, prestige and money can change things when it comes to cancer. But Robin is a strong character, he is a fighter and has been encouraged by all the online messages from his fans. Dwina is doing everything possible and hasn’t left his side. There will be difficult times ahead but Robin will never give up and his loving family will make sure he has everything he needs. There is frustration because Robin has always looked after himself. He doesn’t drink, eats well and exercises daily.”
Robin’s life could be immortalized on film in a proposed Bee Gees biopic expected to hit theaters by 2013.