April 22, 2012 10:35

Bee Gees' Robin Gibb wakes from coma

Legendary singer wakes after being unconscious for a week

Bee Gees' Robin Gibb wakes from coma

Photo: PA

The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb has woken from a coma after more than a week and has begun to show signs of recovery.

The 62-year-old fell into a coma last week after contracting pneumonia due to complications arising from his battle with colon and liver cancer.

However, last night his spokesman confirmed that he had woken and was able to communicate with his family, who have been at his bedside at a London hospital.

Earlier, it was reported that his family and friends had been singing to him in a big to bring him back to consciousness. The Bee Gee's brother and bandmate Barry Gibb sang to his brother after flying to the UK from America to visit him at The London Clinic medical facility.

Robin Gibb's wife Dwina Gibb told The Impartial Reporter that the family had played music to the singer to "try and bring him back to us".

She added:

His brother Barry, his wife Linda and son Stephen came over from America. Barry was singing to him. Thousands of people are saying prayers every day.

She also revealed that Gibb cried when she played him Roy Orbison's 1962 song 'Crying'.

Robin Gibb's career in music began when he formed The Bee Gees with his brothers Barry and Maurice in 1958. The group went onto to enjoy success spanning six decades, with hits including 'Stayin' Alive' and 'I've Gotta Get A Message To You'.

Gibb had recently composed his classical debut, 'The Titanic Requiem', to mark the 100th anniversary of the nautical disaster. The score, which he worked on with son Robin-John, was premiered at an event in central London on April 12. However, Robin was too ill to attend.

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