May 28, 2012 21:00
Robin Gibb to receive public memorial service at London's St Paul's Cathedral
The September service will follow The Bee Gees member's private funeral in June
The public service will follow Gibb's private funeral, which will take place next month near his home in Thame, Oxfordshire, reports The Guardian. The service for the late singer will feature music by The Bee Gees and Roy Orbison.
Gibb died after a lengthy battle with cancer on May 20. The legendary singer, who was 62, had been battling liver and colon cancer in recent years. After making what he had described as a "spectacular recovery", a secondary tumour had developed.
His son, Robin-John Gibb, has revealed that it was kidney failure, however, which was the cause of his father's death, saying: "He was… dosed with sedatives to deal with the side effects of his chemotherapy and his liver just couldn't process them. He deteriorated to the point where it started to affect his kidneys as well… It was a really sudden downturn."
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, notching up more than 200 million record sales thanks to hits such as '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 Robin-John, was premiered at an event in central London on April 12. However, Robin was too ill to attend.
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