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Bee Gee Robin Gibb in coma in London, reports say


Bee Gees member Robin Gibb attends the World Music Awards 2010 at the Sporting Club on May 18, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.


Pascal Le Segretain

Bee Gees pop star Robin Gibb is in a coma in a London hospital, and fears are that he has only days to live.

Britain's The Sun newspaper reported that Gibb's family was keeping a bedside vigil for the 62-year-old, who founded the group that pumped out disco hit after hit. 

Gibb has been battling colon and liver cancer and now has pneumonia.

It is reported that family and fans of the Bee Gees, who began their musical careers in Australia, were praying for the star's survival.

NBC, citing his son, reported Tuesday that Gibb was too ill to attend the London premiere of his first classical work, "The Titanic Requiem."

He had also been scheduled to perform a new song, "Don't Cry Alone," during the concert at Westminster Central Hall.

Gibb's brother, fellow Bee Gee Barry Gibb, 65, also was due to attend the concert but did not show, but had reportedly flown to the UK from Tennessee to be at his brother's bedside.

Gathered at the private hospital in Chelsea, West London were wife Dwina, daughter Melissa, 37, and sons Spencer, 39, and Robin-John, 29.

Robin-John told Reuters Television that his father was undergoing treatment in a London hospital.

"Of course these are all the periphery problems that occur when you have an illness like that. It's not always the cancer that will get you, and he has to always be treated and always keep good scrutiny on his health."

"Sadly that's the way it is, and tonight he would love to be here and we're really at a loss because we really wanted him to see this and be able to see our baby come to fruition." 

Gibb's illness was initially thought to have been due to the hereditary intestinal condition that led to the death of his twin brother.

According to, he pondered in an interview earlier this month whether his illness was "karma" for his fame and fortune.

"I sometimes wonder if all the tragedies my family has suffered, like Andy and Maurice dying so young and everything that’s happened to me recently, is a kind of karmic price we are paying for all the fame and fortune we’ve had," he reportedly said.

"But we’ve worked hard for everything we’ve achieved."

The Gibbs were born in the Isle of Man to English parents but moved to Redcliffe, north-east of Brisbane, Australia, in the late 1950s.

They achieving their first chart success in Australia with "Spicks and Specks," but returned to Britain in 1967, where producer Robert Stigwood promoted them to a worldwide audience.

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