Robert Stigwood, former manager of the Bee Gees and noted stage musical producer, has passed away aged 81.
The news was announced by Spencer Gibb, son of Bee Gees member Robin Gibb, via Facebook last night (January 4).
Stigwood was best known for his close work with the Gibb brothers, managing the trio at the peak of their popularity in the 1970s. He also worked extensively with Eric Clapton and Cream, releasing the latter’s debut album and working on Clapton’s solo career.
Outside of his work in artist management, Stigwood also played a huge part in the success of a number of leftfield Broadway hits and screen musicals including Grease, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita.
Musicians and actors have been paying tribute to the influential figure, with The Who, Andrew Lloyd-Webber and musical theatre star Elaine Page all paying their respects on Twitter.
Rest in peace Robert Stigwood 1934-2016. pic.twitter.com/qN1KY713P3
— The Who (@TheWho) January 5, 2016
— Elaine Paige (@elaine_paige) January 5, 2016
Farewell beloved Robert, the great showman who taught me so much. With love, ALW.
— Andrew Lloyd Webber (@OfficialALW) January 4, 2016