Bee Gees star Robin Gibb is reportedly in a coma and has pneumonia, according to CNN. It’s the latest turn in health issues that include a recent battle with colon and liver cancer, his representative confirmed Saturday.
Doctors believe that Gibb, 62, has a secondary tumor, representative Doug Wright said, confirming a news account in The Sun in the United Kingdom. Gibb had emergency surgery in 2010 for a blocked bowel and then had more surgery for a twisted bowel, Wright confirmed.
“Our prayers are with Robin,” an unnamed family friend told the Sun newspaper, which first reported the news. “He has kept so positive and always believed he could beat this. Sadly, it looks like he has developed pneumonia, which is very bad in his situation.”
He was diagnosed with colon cancer, which later spread to his liver. His brother Maurice died in 2003 of a twisted bowel. Brother Andy died at age 30 from a heart infection.
The Brothers Gibb — calling themselves the Bee Gees — soared to renown as one of the most successful British groups after the 1977 film “Saturday Night Fever” starring John Travolta was built around the group’s disco songs.
In February, Gibb announced he had made a “spectacular” recovery from cancer. But in late March he underwent further surgery on his intestines.
He was forced to cancel all engagements, including the world premiere earlier this month of his first classical work, co-written with Robin-John, called “The Titanic Requiem”.
Gibb had emergency surgery in 2010 to treat a blocked bowel and further surgery for a twisted bowel – the condition that killed his twin brother Maurice in 2003 at the age of 53.