21/05/2012

Bee Gees Founder Robin Gibb Dies

Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has died aged 62 after a long battle with cancer.

British-born Robin, alongside brothers Barry and Maurice, began his musical career in 1958 when the trio formed the Bee Gees.

The group are among the biggest-selling of all time with hits spanning five decades, including Stayin' Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Massachusetts and Night Fever.

In a statement Gibb’s family said: "The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery.

"The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time."

Broadcaster Paul Gambaccini described the singer as "one of the major figures in the history of British music".

"Everyone should be aware that the Bee Gees are second only to Lennon and McCartney as the most successful songwriting unit in British popular music," said Gambaccini.

“Their accomplishments have been monumental.”

Former prime minister Tony Blair, a friend of Gibb, has paid tribute, saying he would "miss him very much".

"Robin was not only an exceptional and extraordinary musician and songwriter, he was a highly intelligent, interested and committed human being," he said.

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