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Joy As Bee Gees' Robin Gibb Wakes From Coma
Bee Gees star Robin Gibb has shown signs of recovery after waking from a coma by responding to his family, his spokesman said.
The 62-year-old singer fell into a coma last week after contracting pneumonia in his battle against colon and liver cancer.
His spokesman Doug Wright today confirmed that Gibb had been able to nod and communicate with his family members, who have surrounded his bedside for almost his entire stay in a central London hospital.
Gibb's relatives have said they have been singing to him while in hospital, with wife Dwina revealing he had cried when she played him the song Crying by Roy Orbison.
Gibb had surgery on his bowel 18 months ago for an unrelated condition, but a tumour was discovered and he was diagnosed with cancer of the colon and, subsequently, of the liver.
It had been thought his cancer was in remission as early as last month, but the latest deterioration in his health coincides with reports of a secondary tumour.
Gibb's twin brother and bandmate Maurice died from the same bowel condition that initially led doctors to operate on Robin.
His younger brother Andy, who was not part of the Bee Gees but a successful singer in his own right, died in 1988 from heart failure at 30.
Robin's son Robin-John, 29, had been due to premier a collaborative classical work, The Titanic Requiem, with his father earlier this month, but the event went ahead without Gibb due to his poor health.
Robin has enjoyed a musical career spanning six decades, from humble beginnings as part of a sibling trio in 1950s Manchester to his most recent classical venture, a requiem for The Titanic.
In the interim, he sang some of the greatest hits of the 1960s and 1970s, including Massachusetts, I've Gotta Get A Message To You, Lonely Days, How Can You Mend A Broken Heart, How Deep Is Your Love and Stayin' Alive.
Gibb last performed on stage in February, supporting injured servicemen and women at the Coming Home charity concert held at the London Palladium.
Gibb's band the Bee Gees will be best remembered for their contribution to the soundtrack of 1977 film Saturday Night Fever, which turned disco music into a worldwide phenomenon and placed the distinctive look of the era's hairstyles and outfits into pop culture legend.
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Congratulations Robin, get well.
Best news all week! Keep fighting Robin, we're all cheering for you! X
God bless you Robin and a speedy recovery.
Good news to learn that there are signs of recovery from Robin. He and the Bee Gees have been such a brilliant band for most of my life, and the thought of losing another member hardly bears thinking about. I'm sending my very best wishes and hoping for a miracle and a full recovery for the true legend of music that is Robin Gibb.
A Prayer" for you Robin .
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Brilliant news. Keep at it mate, you're only young yet!
Thats fantastic news get well soon
I am so pleased to hear that Robin is out of his coma, lets home he gets better soon and goes home asap
So many positive thoughts are with you and your family. Surely amongst all that is this world, some good news is due. Wishing a speedy recovery!
Wonderful news about Robin, i hope you make a good recovery and fight through this, much love to Robin and all the family xx
great news .. good luck and get welll xx
good news for once.
I hope he had a good sleep. I remember seeing the odd TV program 'bout comas. I think there are a few different types of comas. I read a very detailed book once, 'bout someone in a coma for most of their life based on a true story. It went into considerable detail about how they recovered.
hang on in there Robin. Want some more music from you.
The Best News weve had lately Robin just get well soon
Love to all the Gibb family during this difficult time .....
Good news about Robin I hope he makes a full recovery and is back with his family and friends
Nice to know that you have woken from your coma robin, hope to see you back on your feet again soon. My thoughts are with you all.
A great musical talent.Sincerely hope he pulls through.