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Old 01-12-2003, 02:22 AM   #1
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Bee Gee singer dies at 53

MIAMI (Reuters) - Singer Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees, one of the disco sounds of the 1970s, has died after undergoing abdominal surgery last week, his family said on Sunday. He was 53.

"His love, enthusiasm and energy for life remain an inspiration to all of us," the family said in a statement issued at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami, where he was treated.

A spokeswoman for the hospital, Kathleen Dorkowski, said Gibb had passed away but gave no details and said the hospital planned no further comment at this time.

No time of death was given but it appeared Gibb died late Saturday or very early Sunday.

Thursday, Gibb collapsed at his Miami home after suffering intense stomach pains and was rushed to the hospital. After surgery on an intestinal blockage, Gibb was listed in critical but stable condition for three days before his death.

The hospital had said that before his surgery he had "experienced cardiac arrest."

Maurice, his twin Robin Gibb and their older brother, Barry, formed the Bee Gees as youngsters in 1958 in Brisbane, Australia. The group hit the height of their fame during the disco craze of the 1970s with the soundtrack to the film "Saturday Night Fever."

Maurice Gibb, whose voice was perhaps least familiar to the public, usually focused on back-up and harmony vocals.

Gibb's family and friends had expressed hope just two days ago that he was on the road to recovery.

Friday, the Bee Gees' Los Angeles-based manager Carol Peters said Gibb initially emerged from surgery in critical condition, but he had "opened his eyes, wiggled his toes and feet, so it's good."

Gibb's twin brother, Robin, said in a television interview aired Friday in Britain, that his brother's collapse took everyone by surprise but that Maurice's "vital organs are A-1 and he's recovering."

Peters said Friday Barry and Robin Gibb were with their brother at the hospital. All three of the British-born brothers reside in the Miami area and have long been a part of the city's life, first moving to the area in the 1970s.

Maurice Gibb was married, to Yvonne, and the couple had two children. He lived in a waterfront house in Miami Beach and owned a local paintball shop called Commander Mo's.

A younger sibling, Andy, who did not sing with the Bee Gees but had a brief burst of fame in the late 1970s with hits such as "I Just Want To Be Your Everything" and "Shadow Dancing," died of a heart infection in 1988, aged 29.

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I think everyone will be tempted to say one word here, but please don't.

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Thats very sad
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This is sad and I am sorry to hear of it.......

bad time to sing stayin alive i guess

rip mr. gibb.......
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oh this is terrible. i am sorry to see this. RIP Maurice with your brother.
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Wow that really sucks - the BeeGees are cool. Don't like that we're having all these deaths in the music industry......
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That's really sad. My parents are close to his age, so this stuff scares me to hear.

RIP, so many sad music deaths.
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rip maurice. :hugs: to the gibb family.

i feel awful hearing this sort of thing, and to anyone who posts in this thread saying disco sucks, blah blah.

my husband has intestinal blockage sometime so hearing this kind of thing worries me, as well as him. but it's not a big deal in his case.

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smile an everlasting smile............

just a couple of weeks ago I borrowed and taped all mine and my sister's old single many memories. The Bee Gees were a huge part of that. The piano intro to Spicks and Specks took me back instantly, gave me goosebumps. We watched their career blossom and were/are so proud of them. I was particularly fond of Maurice.
I had TV music clip show on with the sound down, when I heard the news that he had been hospitalised hospitalised, Ronan Keating was dueting with Lulu ( Maurice's ex, from crayons to perfume) and I just knew, he wouldn't make it. Very sad news.
My harmonica playing g'friend I met not so long ago, is a HUGE BeeGees fan, she often has BeeGee marathons when she is home alone, she has all their records.She had a horrible job when she first left school and she says listening to BeeGee songs kept her going through that time.
You meant every word you said....thanks for all the music. A maestro.
My deepest condolonces to the Gibb family and the true fans.

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