Born in Manchester on 22 December 1949, Gibb founded British trio the Bee Gees alongside his twin brother Maurice and older brother Barry in 1958, beginning the group’s journey to global stardom with chart dominating pop, soul and disco hits for six decades.
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 for his role in the Bee Gees, among the iconic group’s many Grammy Awards, their biggest hits include “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Stayin’ Alive” and “Night Fever.”
The acclaimed singer/songwriter told a reporter in February, “I don’t know how I could feel any better” after cancer treatments he’d recently undergone, but fell into a coma after contracting pneumonia in April.
Today, “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,” reads the official statement. “The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”
Rest In Peace Robin Gibb, thank you for crafting an amazing soundtrack to life.