Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees hospitalized for intestinal surgery


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Robin Gibb’s ‘spectacular’ recovery has taken a turn for the worse, with the singer hospitalized following intestinal surgery over the weekend.

Gibb, whose twin brother Maurice died at 53 of twisted intestine caused by a congenital defect shared by Robin, announced in February that a growth on his colon had been removed and his health was looking up.


On Wednesday, however, his publicist said the 62-year-old singer and songwriter was recovering in the hospital after intestinal surgery Sunday and had been forced to cancel a number of commitments.

Still on the schedule, at least for now, is Gibb’s classical music concert debut in April. He’ll lead a performance of ‘The Titanic Requiem,’ a new work composed by him and his son, RJ, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking.

The illness, widely reported to be cancer, has dogged the onetime Bee Gees member and required chemotherapy as recently as January, his spokesman told the BBC at the time.

‘It’s all simple,’ Gibb told BBC Radio 2 back in February. ‘I was diagnosed with a growth in my colon. It was removed. And I’ve been treated for that by a brilliant doctor, and in their own words ‘the results have been spectacular.’ ‘

Gibb had been reveling in the notion of gaining some weight.

‘I love food, I love eating,’ he told the BBC, adding: ‘I’ve always been thin. If you go back to when we first started I’ve always been skinny. It’s hard for me to put on weight.’



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The Associated Press contributed to this report.