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Robin Gibb dies at 62

Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees has died at 62. Gibb had been ill for some time with liver and colon cancer. After initially making a remarkable recovery last month, a secondary tumour had been found.

His family issued a statement: "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. The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time."

With brothers Barry and Maurice, Robin Gibb enjoyed six decades of success in popular music, reaching its peak with the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack in 1977. That album went on to sell 30 million copies worldwide and established the Bee Gees as the best-selling disco act in the world – and as easy targets for parodies of their trademark falsetto vocals.

Gibb embarked on a solo career and was working right up to his death. His final work was The Titanic Requiem, composed with his son Robin-John Gibb, which was premiered in April to mark the centenary of the disaster.

Among the stars paying tribute on Twitter were Justin Timberlake, Mick Hucknall and Liam Gallagher. "We have lost a truly brilliant musician today," Timberlake tweeted. "One of my idols. My heart goes out to the Gibb family in this time of sorrow."

Another of the many warm messages posted in tribute on came from former deputy Prime Minister John Prescott: "Just heard about Robin Gibb," he tweeted. "A good friend, a brilliant musician and a man who turned all of us into wannabe Travoltas! Rest in peace Robin."

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