So It WASN’T Cancer that killed Robin Gibb of The Bee Gees

So It WASN’T Cancer that killed Robin Gibb of The Bee Gees
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Robin Gibb’s Death: Cancer Not the Culprit After All?

In the end, it wasn’t the Big C that felled Robin Gibb, according to his son.
Robin Gibb with son Robin-JohnRobin-John Gibb, 29, has emerged from mourning to correct reports that blamed liver or colon cancer for the Bee Gee‘s death on May 20. Gibb’s long battle with cancer was referenced in the statement his publicist released to press following his passing. “It wasn’t the cancer that killed my father; those reports are wrong,” the son told England’s Daily Express. “Dad had actually gone into remission and the cancer was completely unrecognizable; it was too small to detect. No scan could see it. He actually died of kidney failure.”
This may help explain the disparity between the late singer’s extremely optimistic public statements about his cancer in February and the ill health that beset him in March… a dichotomy that might have made other patients worry that if Gibb’s cancer could take such a dramatic turn, then maybe theirs could too.
In early February, Robin Gibb told the BBC that he’d had a growth removed from his colon, which “is almost gone and I feel fantastic. Really from now on, it’s just what they could describe as a ‘mopping-up’ operation. I am very active and my sense of well-being is good.” How he went from that sense of well-being to a coma in April and death in May confounded fans. Had he been in denial about the extent of his cancer, or was its progression really that reversible and deadly?
Neither, according to Robin-John. The kidney failure was a separate condition — although one no doubt exacerbated by the toll the cancer and its aggressive treatment had taken on Gibbs’ body.
The GibbsesThe Daily Express described Robin-John as “frustrated” about differences between doctors about how to treat his father in his final weeks, and he expressed unhappiness with the decisions taken by the hospital staff. “At the end there was a divergence of opinion… They had totally different approaches. The (hospital’s) CCU staff started treating him palliatively, while his main doctors wanted to reduce all the sedative medications so he could fight… In the end the decisions were made by CCU. I wanted dialysis and CPR. They said it was futile because he was a Stage 4 cancer patient.”
The son told the newspaper that his father had appeared to be doing well until three days before his death, when he suffered a seizure. “He was then dosed with sedatives to deal with the side effects of his chemotherapy and his liver just couldn’t process them. He deteriorated to the point where it started to affect his kidneys as well. Basically, my father died of kidney and liver failure. It was a really sudden downturn.”
Robin-John GibbRobin-John described the moment of his father’s death as “peaceful and dignified,” with “no theatrics. It was only later that I cried and cried.” At Gibb’s deathbed, “I was cradling his head and holding his right hand, and my mother was holding his left. I gave him a kiss and made way for (brother) Spencer and we both held his right hand. We watched him go and told him we loved him.” A half-hour later, after medical staff had left, the family returned to visit the body one more time. “One of my favourite Bee Gee songs, ‘I Started A Joke,’ has the line: ‘I finally died, which started the whole world living,’ and I played it on my phone, put it on Dad’s chest and we sat together,” he told the paper. “I’d tried to hold it all in until then but that’s when I bawled like a baby.”
The private funeral service in Oxforshire has been put off till June. A de facto public memorial will take place when “Titanic Requiem,” c0-written by the father and son Gibbs, is performed in Rome on June 23.
Another British newspaper, the Sunday Mirror, reported Sunday that Gibb had given the mother of his “love child” a lump sum payment of 4 million pounds (or about $6.4 million) a few months before he died to provide for the care of their 3-year-old. Claire Yang, the former housekeeper for Gibb and his wife, gave birth to Snow Robin in 2008, and the singer is said to not only have acknowledged the paternity but even provided Yang a house, which was reportedly transferred into her name shortly before Gibbs’ death. 

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Robin GIBB, born 22-Dec-1949, died 20-May-2012

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Robin Gibb of The Bee Gees

born 22-Dec-1949, died 20-May-2012

Robin Gibb, who has died aged 62, was one of the three brothers behind the Bee Gees, the phenomenally successful pop group responsible for such high-pitched hits as Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever, How Deep is Your Love, More Than a Woman, Jive Talkin’ and You Win Again.

Robin Gibb (left) with Barry (centre) and Maurice in 1979.

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Robin Gibb (left) with Barry (centre) and Maurice in 1979. Photo: AP
Although best known for their disco-driven songs of the 1970s, powered by Barry Gibb’s falsetto, the Bee Gees (it stands for “Brothers Gibb”) first achieved success in the 1960s on the back of Robin’s lower registered, if still adenoidal, vocal performances.
It was he who sang the theme of their first British No 1 hit, Massachusetts (1967), and the follow-up success I’ve Just Got to Get a Message to You (1968), which also reached the top spot. Neither plaintive tune was a dance floor filler, plucking instead on listeners’ heart strings at plodding pace. But they were winners on both sides of the Atlantic, and seemed to confirm the band as a major prospect.
Then the trio went off the rails. Fuelled by drugs and alcohol, the brothers fought during the production of the 1969 album Odessa. Rivalry between Barry and Robin over who was the true star of the band (Robin’s twin brother, Maurice, confined himself to the bass, keyboard and backing vocals) forced a split, which saw Robin depart for a solo career that he would intermittently reignite in the years to come.
His first solo product, the album Robin’s Reign (1970), was underwhelming. Demoralised, he was reconciled with his brothers, who themselves had flopped with their album as a duo, Cucumber Castle. United once more, their fortunes were briefly revived, only to dip again as they struggled to find a formula for consistent success.
Then Barry began experimenting with falsetto, which the band set to funky, higher-tempo melodies. Their renaissance started with Jive Talkin’, which in 1975 reached No 1 in America and No 5 in Britain. That performance was repeated the following year by You Should Be Dancing before, in 1977, the Bee Gees contributed to the album that would secure their place in the history of popular music.
The brothers wrote eight songs for the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever (1977), the celebrated film starring John Travolta. Driven by incessantly catchy bass lines, synthesised backing tracks and by now ubiquitous falsetto vocals, the album remained at the top of the charts for almost half a year.
Suddenly the Bee Gees, who had been preparing themselves for a return to musical obscurity before the album, were among the hottest tickets in popular music. But just as Travolta found it hard to shake off his role as the star of much-imitated, often parodied dance routines, so the Bee Gees’ image seemed to be forever fixed by their disco success. Whatever the reality, the brothers Gibb were thereafter thought of as perma-tanned, hugely-coiffed performers in platform heels; blinding white teeth, a flash of chest hair and skintight gold or white romper suits completed the look.
Robin Hugh Gibb was born at Douglas, on the Isle of Man, on December 22 1949, an hour before his twin, Maurice. Barry was three years older. Their father was a jobbing drummer and the boys grew up in relative poverty in Manchester. “I can remember my dad sitting under a 40-watt bulb counting pennies, trying to make them last until Friday,” recalled Robin. “The evening meal was a sixpenny bag of chips divided among us all. But kids don’t question that. We didn’t think we were poor then. We only knew we were poor later.”
In 1958 the family, complete with a fourth brother, the newly-born Andrew, moved to Brisbane in Australia. Robin and Maurice left school at 13, and with Barry they began performing in local clubs and theatres. Robin Gibb remembered in 2003: “We were writing music even as young kids, we created a world into which a lot of our friends couldn’t enter. We wanted to make music all our lives and it evolved to a point where the only people who could understand that were the three of us. We didn’t feel comfortable with anyone but ourselves. The three of us were like one person.”
From the outset they concentrated on the close harmony vocals and detailed arrangements that would become their calling-card for decades to come; and soon they recorded an album which broke into the local charts.
Barry Gibb sent the album to record companies in Britain, and in 1967 the brothers returned to England, where they were signed up by the promoter Robert Stigwood, a business partner of the Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein.
Their first release, for Polydor, New York Mining Disaster, was a small hit. But it was followed by a series of successes which began to cement the trio’s fame — To Love Somebody, Words, and then the No 1 hits Massachusetts and I’ve Gotta Get A Message to You. By the time the Sixties drew to a close, the Bee Gees were stars on both sides of the Atlantic, and noted for their willingness to experiment with unusual musical styles.
But Robin Gibb’s personal life was proving turbulent. On arriving back in England he had met and married Molly Hullis, a secretary from Brian Epstein’s office. The pair were together in 1967 when they were caught up in the Hither Green rail disaster, in which 49 people were killed. “I remember it very vividly,” he later recalled. “Children were trapped, passengers were being given anaesthetics to have their limbs removed. It was horrendous, like Dante’s Inferno. I just wanted to escape.”
By his own admission, he neglected his marriage. He also took refuge in amphetamines: “I took the pills to stay up all night and make records. You had to work through the night because studio time was expensive. I never took serious drugs like LSD or cocaine — I was scared stiff of them.”
The divorce was acrimonious. Molly was granted custody of their two children (when they were six and four) and refused to allow their father to see them. Gibb went to court, but was unsuccessful; he did not see his children for six years.
“It was akin to bereavement,” he said later. “I felt as though I was on the verge of madness. There was no response to my calls, no acknowledgement of my gifts, no letters. Nobody would tell me anything. All the professional achievements, they mean nothing if your kids are taken away.” Subsequently he was allowed to re-establish contact with the children: “Then it got to the stage where they would just arrive unannounced, that was the best moment.”
After Saturday Night Fever the Bee Gees had a further success with the title track for the film Grease (1978), performed by Frankie Valli; but as the popularity of disco waned so did that of the group which had come to be defined by it. The Bee Gees fell out with Stigwood, and in 1988 their younger brother Andy (a successful singer in his own right) died from myocarditis aged 30.
The group came back in 1987 with You Win Again (their fifth British No 1) and wrote Islands in the Stream and Chain Reaction, respectively hits for Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton and Diana Ross. They continued to record, releasing albums such as Still Waters (1997) and This is Where I Came In (2001), and continued to attract large audiences at live performances.
Increasingly, however, the Bee Gees became noted for their wider influence on the music industry. Throughout their careers, the brothers were known for their talent in composition, arrangement and production, and their songs have been covered by countless artists, from Elvis Presley and Janis Joplin to Boyzone and Destiny’s Child.
Robin Gibb actively pursued his solo career, with albums including How Old Are You? (1983), Secret Agent (1984), Walls Have Eyes (1985), Magnet (2002) and My Favourite Christmas Carols (2006). In 2004 he toured Germany, Russia and Asia and Europe, and recorded with both Barbra Streisand and Cliff Richard. In 2006 he performed with Barry at a charity concert in Miami, and later that year the two brothers teamed up again for the Prince’s Trust Concert in Britain.
Gibb returned to the top of the UK charts in 2009 when he collaborated with Ruth Jones, Rob Brydon, and Tom Jones on a new version of Islands in the Stream for Comic Relief.
In 2002 all three Gibb brothers were appointed CBE.
Gibb had recently been campaigning for the building of a national memorial to the members of RAF Bomber Command who gave their lives during the last war: “It’s just something I feel strongly about. I wasn’t even alive when these guys did what they did, but I know they deserve a monument to their sacrifice.”
Robin Gibb lived in a rambling 12th-century former monastery, set in 100 acres of gardens, in Oxfordshire. The tennis court was transformed into a Druidical stone circle — a gesture to his second wife, Dwina, a bisexual former Druid priestess whom he married in 1985.
A staunch friend and defender of Tony Blair (“a wonderful man”), Gibb wore small, blue-tinted spectacles and claimed to follow a macrobiotic diet — his only vice in the dietary department being vanilla ice cream.
He had, however, suffered for years from crippling stomach pains, and in 2010 underwent surgery for a blocked intestine — the same condition which led to the death of his twin brother Maurice in 2003, a blow which Robin felt deeply. “I think about Maurice at unpredictable times,” he said in 2008. “I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about him. One is a twin for life. I can be sitting here talking normally about how he is dead and then I can be sitting in the bath and it hits me. And I find it incredible that he’s no longer alive.”
In April 2011 Gibb was forced to cancel a series of concerts in Brazil after suffering severe abdominal pains. He was again taken ill in October . He had recently been undergoing treatment for liver cancer, but on February 13 returned to the stage to perform at a charity concert at the London Palladium, receiving a standing ovation.
He is survived by his wife Dwina, with whom he had a son. He had a son and a daughter by his first wife, Molly; and in 2008 his housekeeper, Claire Yang, gave birth to his daughter.

The only surviving Bee Gee is Barry, now 65.

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PLEASE NOTE:
It has been clearly noted that Robin Gibb was in full remission from cancer and it was NOT cancer that caused his death but kidney failure.

The announcement was made by his son AND confirmed by medical sources.

I stress this as his sad death must not be seen by those who are recovered from cancer or in remission that his death was ’caused’ by sudden return of cancer. 
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Liver & Colon Cancer – Robin GIBB in remission!

Liver & Colon Cancer – Robin GIBB in remission!
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In remission: Bee Gees star Robin Gibb is said to have been told by doctors that he is beating cancer

In remission: Bee Gees star Robin Gibb is said to have been told by doctors that he is beating cancer

Frail: Robin sparked alarm when he appeared on The Alan Titchmarsh Show in October, looking gaunt

Frail: Robin sparked alarm when he appeared on The Alan Titchmarsh Show in October, looking gaunt

‘I’m in remission!’ Bee Gees star Robin Gibb’s delight as doctors tell him he’s beating cancer

Last updated at 1:25 AM on 4th March 2012
Robin Gibb is in remission after being told by doctors he is beating both liver and colon cancer, it has been reported.
The 62-year-old singer had been taken back into hospital last month amid fears he was losing his battle against the deadly disease.
But now Robin is said to have told his delighted friends and family that he is on the road to recovery, paying tribute to his devoted wife Dwina for helping him through the difficult times.
He is quoted in the Sunday Mirror as telling a friend: ‘I could not have done it without Dwina. She has never left my side and is a wonderful person.
‘I am beating cancer and can’t wait to carry on with my work.’
Robin was first diagnosed with liver and colon cancer five months ago, causing him to cancel a string of gigs and appearances.
But he last month the singer returned to the spotlight as he joined military trio The Soldiers for the Coming Home charity concert at the London Palladium, in support of injured servicemen.
He closed the event with Bee Gees classic How Deep Is Your Love and I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You – which he recorded with The Soldiers last year in support of the Royal British Legion‘s Poppy Appeal.
'I couldn't have done it without her': Robin credited his wife Dwina for helping him through the difficult times

‘I couldn’t have done it without her’: Robin credited his wife Dwina for helping him through the difficult times
Speaking before taking the stage, he told fans he felt ‘fantastic’ and thanked them for their support.
He happily posed for photos before walking out to massive applause at the iconic London venue.
The star recently spoke out about his cancer battle, saying he had impressed doctors with his progress.
He told BBC Radio 2: ‘I’ve been treated by a brilliant doctor, and in their own words, the results have been spectacular.
On the mend: Robin at the London Palladium last month - his first performance since his diagnosis

On the mend: Robin at the London Palladium last month – his first performance since his diagnosis
Dressed up: The 62-year-old wore a brown jacket with a black turtleneck and black trousers, as well as his trademark purple-tinted glasses
‘And they said “What are you doing that we don’t know about?”‘
He joked that medics had said he must be from ‘another planet’, before adding: ‘The prognosis is that it’s almost gone and I feel fantastic.
‘Really from now on it’s just what they could describe as a “mopping-up” operation.’
Robin is also due to appear with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in April, for the premiere of his first classical composition The Titanic Requiem, to mark the centenary of the disaster.
Details of his condition first emerged in October when he was forced to cancel several concerts and charity appearances.
He also sparked alarm when he joined chat host Alan Titchmarsh the same month appearing gaunt and unwell.
The singer has had repeated health problems due to a twisted bowel, a condition that led to the death of his twin brother Maurice nine years ago, at the age of 53.
But he revealed he had been diagnosed with colon cancer which spread to the liver, but vowed to beat the disease and continued to write music.
Back in the day: Robin (left) with his late twin Maurice and brother Barry Gibb

Back in the day: Robin (left) with his late twin Maurice and brother Barry Gibb

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