Robin Gibb — one-third of sibling disco troupe The Bee Gees — is recovering after undergoing emergency stomach surgery late last month.
The “Stayin’ Alive” singer, 60, fell ill Aug. 18 and had to be hospitalized after he began complaining of crippling belly aches. Robin’s health scare has prompted family and friends to believe that he may have the same health condition that unexpectedly killed his twin brother Maurice seven years ago. Maurice Gibb, 53, died of a massive heart attack during surgery for a twisted intestine in 2003.
“The similarities with Maurice’s tragic death were eerily worrying. Everyone was praying there wasn’t something in their genes that made both twins susceptible to some deadly condition,” a source told the Globe Magazine this week.
For now though, Robin has been given the all-clear, thanks to the successful gastrointestinal surgery.
“Thankfully he’s home and feeling much better, but doctors are still examining test results,” the source said.
“Robin’s consultant has recommended complete rest in order to speed his recovery,” a rep for the British singer chimed in in a statement Thursday.
Robin and surviving brother Barry retired from performing shortly after Maurice’s death, but were expected to launch a comeback tour at the end of year. After Robin’s health scare, those shows will likely be postponed.
“Robin was due to go on tour at the end of the year, but that’s been put on hold…. He’s putting his health first.”