LONDON (CBSNewYork/AP) – Robin Gibb, a founding member of the Bee Gees who helped propel the group to international stardom, has died in England. He was 62.
Gibb’s representative Doug Wright announced in a statement that Gibb passed away Sunday “following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery.”
Gibb was one of three brothers whose soaring falsetto harmonies helped power such hits as “Stayin’ Alive” and “Night Fever.”
The band was best known for the influential “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack album that became one of the fastest selling albums of all time. The 1977 soundtrack came to epitomize the flashy disco era.
The album also helped to make the Bee Gees one of the most successful pop-groups of all time. It was one of many highlights of a career that included seven Grammy Awards and a place in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
Gibb’s brother Maurice died in 2003 as a result of a twisted bowel.
Gibb enjoyed a long career as a Bee Gee and as a solo artist and also produced and wrote songs for many other performers. He appeared gravely ill at his recent public appearances and had to cancel a string of meetings as his condition worsened.
Robin Gibb was survived by his wife Dwina, children Melissa, Spencer, and Robin-John, and his mother Barbara.
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