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May 20, 2012

by -- May 20, 2012

Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, a group that helped make Disco popular, died Sunday. He was 62. Gibb had been in a coma for the past twelve days and ultimately succumbed to cancer.

His death was announced via Twitter at 10:47 a.m. in England (5:47 a.m. ET).

News sources indicate Gibb was diagnosed with colon and liver cancer and had battled pneumonia earlier this spring.

Representative Doug Wright said that doctors believe Gibb had a secondary tumor. Gibb had emergency surgery in 2010 for a blocked bowel, then had additional surgery for a twisted bowel,  according to Wright.

Barry Gibb, 65, is now the sole surviving member of the three Bee Gees. The other group member, Robin's fraternal twin brother, Maurice, died from a twisted bowel in 2002. Their younger brother Andy Gibb died at 30 from a heart infection. Andy was a successful solo act and not part of the group.

Another disco artist notable, Donna Summer, died at the age of 63 of lung cancer. Davey Jones, 62, whose career predated the disco era was about the same age as Gibb and Summer when he died of heart failure earlier this year.

Robin Gibb was born on the Isle of Man to English parents, Hugh and Barbara Gibb. The family moved to Manchester then settled in Brisbane, Australia. After finding initial success in Australia, the Bee Gees returned to Britain where they achieved international fame.

The Bee Gees received their CBEs in 2004 from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace for their "contribution to music". The group boasted record sales estimated over of 200 million units making them one of the most successful pop groups of all time.

Robin Gibb was the father of four children, Spencer (b. 1972) and Melissa (b. 1974) by his former wife Molly Hullis. Robin-John, or RJ, (b. 1983) by his second wife, Dwina. A fourth child, Snow Robin, was born out of wedlock with his housekeeper Claire Yang  in 2009. He is also survived by his sister, Lesley Evans, and 92-year-old mother, Barbara Gibb.

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