Robin Gibb, one-third of the 70’s singing group the Bee Gees has been diagnosed with liver cancer. Robin sung in the group with brothers Barry and Maurice and spawn such hits as “Stayin’ Alive” and “First of May.”
The singer had been battling a year-long list of sicknesses which forced him to cancel various public appearances. Robin underwent gastro-intestinal surgery in August 2010 and appeared frail last week as the 61-year-old was rushed to the hospital by ambulance from his home in Oxfordshire.
On Oct. 14 Robin Gibb was hospitalized for three-days for inflammation of the colon.
According to British newspaper The Mirror the singer was actually diagnosed with the deadly disease several months ago while his wife Dwina says she “hasn’t left his side” because the diagnosis doesn’t look good. Brother Barry and mom Barbara have also made their way over from the United States to be by his side.
While it’s still not confirmed there’s a chance that Robin has the same condition that claimed his twin brother Maurice Gibb 8 years ago. Former bandmate Maurice died of a heart attack as surgeon’s attempted to fix a twisted intestine.
According to a statement from his family:
“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.”
Our best wishes go out to Robin Gibb and his family as he battles his fight against cancer.