September 22, 2012 15:37

Report claims Bee Gees' Robin Gibb was investigated by FBI for claiming to have hired hitman

Report alleges that late singer made death threats towards his ex-wife

Report claims Bee Gees' Robin Gibb was investigated by FBI for claiming to have hired hitman

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Late Bee Gees' singer Robin Gibb was investigated by the FBI for claiming to have hired a hitman to kill his ex-wife, according to reports.

The Daily Mail says that Gibb, who died after a lengthy battle with cancer in May of this year, was under investigation from US authorities after making death threats against his former spouse Molly Hullis in 1980.

A copy of a telegram that Gibb allegedly sent to Haymon & Waitersm the legal firm acting for Hullis, seemingly references their dispute, as he stated: "I warned and warned you. The situation is now very serious. Know [sic] one walks all over me… I have had enough. I have taken out a contract. It is now a question of time."

It is not known whether Gibb's threats were real or had any substance to them, and the FBI stopped investigating the case when Hullis and the legal firm decided not to press any charges.

In June of this year, hundreds of people turned out to pay their last respects to Gibb, who had been battling liver and colon cancers in recent years and passed away aged 62 at his funeral in Oxfordshire.

According to his son, Robin-John Gibb, it was kidney failure 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'.



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