Robin Gibb, a founding member of Australian disco-pop group The Bee Gees, has passed away this evening after a long, arduous battle with cancer, CNN is reporting. He was 62 years old.
This passing marks the second of the disco era this month — just three days earlier, Donna Summer also lost her battle with cancer.
With Robin’s passing, the only surviving member of The Bee Gees is eldest brother Barry, who is now 65 years old. Robin’s twin brother, Maurice, died in 2003 from a twisted bowl. Youngest Gibb brother Andy — who himself enjoyed a pop career in the late 1970′s — died in 1988 at the age of 30.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, the Bee Gees sold more than 200 million albums, and their soundtrack album to “Saturday Night Fever” was the top-selling album until Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” claimed that distinction in the 1980s.
An ardent vegan & “teetotaler,” Gibb is survived by his three children — Spencer, Melissa, & Robin-John — and wife Dwinna Murphy Gibb.
Rest in Peace, Robin Gibb — you will be missed.