Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb is still in intensive care after waking from a coma over the weekend, and doctors revealed his diagnosis for the first time late yesterday. He is also suffering from cancer.
The 62-year-old music icon has advanced colorectal cancer, the doctor said in a statement.
His pneumonia was a complication caused by chemotherapy and two operations, which weakened his system and exposed him to infection, said Dr. Andrew Thillainayagam, the attending physician.
Gibb became comatose as a result of the pneumonia last week, and Thillainayagam warned Gibb’s family that he might not wake up. Family members kept a vigil at his bedside, and his wife, Dwina Gibb, even sang to him.
He woke over the weekend and was able to acknowledge his son Robin-John by uttering: “Hello RJ.”
His ability to speak and recognize people bodes well for his condition, although it’s unknown whether he has been able to fight off the lung infection.
Gibb is “exhausted, extremely weak and malnourished,” Thillainayagam said. He is breathing with an oxygen mask and is receiving food and antibiotics intravenously.
“It is testament to Robin’s extraordinary courage, iron will and deep reserves of physical strength that he has overcome quite incredible odds to get where he is now,” Thillainayagam said in a statement.
“Robin’s wife, Dwina and son, Robin-John, his son Spencer and daughter Melissa have been at his bedside every day, talking to him and playing his favorite music to him. They have been tireless in their determination never to give up on him.”
Robin underwent cancer treatment and the disease was thought to be in remission. But the pneumonia may be related to yet another tumor, according to reports.
The youngest Gibb brother, Andy, died from heart failure in 1988. He was 30 at the time, and had a successful solo career.
Gibb last performed in February at a charity concert in London.