Robin Gibb, part of the iconic group The Bee Gees, has reportedly awoken from a coma after 12 days and was able to communicate with family members. They’ve kept a bedside vigil since he contracted pneumonia.
Gibb, 62, was able to acknowledge his son Robin-John by uttering: “Hello RJ.”
His ability to speak and recognize people bodes well for his condition, although it’s unknown whether he has been able to fight off the lung infection. He also has been battling colon and liver cancer.
Spokesman Doug Wright confirmed yesterday (Apr. 21) to UK papers that Gibb had been able to nod and communicate. “Dad, thank heavens, has awoken from a 12-day coma,” RJ, 28, told the London’s Daily Express.
His doctor issued the following statement: “Robin is fully conscious, lucid and able to speak to his loved ones … He is breathing on his own, with an oxygen mask … He is on intravenous feeding and antibiotics. He is of course, exhausted, extremely weak and malnourished.”
Gibbs discovered he had cancer of the colon and liver after he underwent an operation for an unrelated bowel problem. Twin brother Maurice Gibb died from the same affliction.
Robin underwent cancer treatment and the disease was thought to be in remission. But the pneumonia may be related to yet another tumor, according to reports.
The youngest Gibb brother, Andy, died from heart failure in 1988. He was 30 at the time, and had a successful solo career.
Gibb last performed in February at a charity concert in London.
The Bee Gees are probably best known in the United States for their work on the the 1977 film, “Saturday Night Fever,” based on writer Nik Cohen’s novel, “The Tribal Rites of Saturday Night.” The music, from “How Deep Is Your Love,” to “Night Fever,” to “If I Can’t Have You,” was epic.
The album went onto win a Grammy for Album of the Year and was ranked #131 on Rolling Stone’s 2003 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Pop and Soul charts, and was also the all-time No. 1 soundtrack album until Whitney Houston’s “The Bodyguard” surpassed it in 1992.