The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb: 'Cancer is payback for fame'

Singer says he wonders if he and his family are paying price for good fortune

The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb: 'Cancer is payback for fame'

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The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb has claimed that his recent battle with cancer could be payback for his fame and success.

Last weekend (February 26), the singer's agent revealed that he had re-entered hospital to receive more treatment as part of his "rehabilitation" from the illness. Gibb revealed last November that he had been diagnosed with liver cancer several months previously, but later said he was "feeling fantastic" after chemotherapy treatment and was making a "spectacular" recovery.

Speaking to The Sun, Gibb – who lost his twin brother Maurice to complications arising from a twisted intestine in 2003 and another sibling, Andy, in 1988 – speculated that his ill-health could be some form of "karmic price" to pay for his career fortunes.

He said:

I sometimes wonder if all the tragedies my family has suffered, like Andy and Maurice dying so young and everything that's happened to me recently, is a kind of karmic price we are paying for all the fame and fortune we've had.

However, he went on to add: "But we've worked hard for everything we've achieved. The illness, and the untimely death of my brothers, has made me conscious of the fact that - rather than just think about it - it's crucial that you do today what you want to do."

Gibb is currently working on his classical debut, 'The Titanic Requiem', with his son RJ. The score, which is based on the sinking of the Titanic, will mark the 100th anniversary of the disaster.

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