THE FAMILY OF Bee Gee band member Robin Gibb have confirmed that the musician is in a coma and fighting for his life.
In a message posted on his website, they confirmed reports that he had sadly contracted pneumonia and fallen into the coma.
“We are all hoping and praying that he will pull through,” the brief statement reads.
Gibb has been battling ill-health in recent years, with media reports suggesting that he was suffering with colon and liver cancer.
According to CNN, doctors believe that the singer has now developed a secondary tumour.
The 62-year-old’s twin brother Maurice died in 2003 after complications from a twisted intestine, while their younger brother Andy died in 1988 from a heart ailment.
Gibb’s wife Dwina and brother Barry are understood to be keeping a bedside vigil at the London hospital this weekend. Gibb also has three children, two from his first marriage and another son with Dwina.
The Bee Gees – British-born, Australia-raised brothers Robin, Barry and Maurice Gibb – had a string of disco-era hits including How Deep is Your Love and Stayin’ Alive. Their soundtrack to the movie Saturday Night Fever was one of the best-selling albums of the 1970s.
The Bee Gees became members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and won seven Grammy Awards.