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"Bee Gees Singer In Critical Condition"  (Jan 10, 2003 - CNN)
MIAMI BEACH, Florida (AP) -- Maurice Gibb of the famed 1970s vocal group the Bee Gees suffered cardiac arrest before undergoing emergency surgery for a blocked intestine and was in critical but stable condition, a hospital spokeswoman said Friday.

Gibb, 53, who lives in Miami Beach, was being treated in intensive care, said Mount Sinai Medical Center spokeswoman Kathleen Dorkowski. Gibb was admitted to the hospital Wednesday and underwent surgery Thursday, she said.

"Maurice has undergone surgery for an intestinal blockage. He is in a critical condition in intensive care. We are awaiting a full medical prognosis ... but everyone is very, very worried," a spokesman for his twin, Robin, said in a statement.
Maurice Gibb "critical" after surgery  (10 January 2003 - London Evening Standard)
Maurice Gibb of British group the Bee Gees is recovering in hospital after undergoing surgery for a blockage in his intestine.

The 53-year-old star fell ill in Florida, where he now lives, and was taken to the Mount Sinai Medical Centre and Miami Heart Institute in Miami Beach for treatment. Doctors said he was in a critical but stable condition.

His wife, Yvonne, son Adam and daughter Samantha were said to be at his bedside as he recovers.

Robin Gibb, who is also in the award-winning group, said his twin brother had been taken ill with stomach pains but now appeared to be responding well to surgery. He told the Richard and Judy programme on Channel 4: "The last 24 hours have been the most crucial.

"The latest update is that all his vital organs are A1 and he's recovering. Obviously, it's been very bad but every hour is a bonus."

As a member of the Bee Gees, Maurice Gibb has been one of the best-known faces in British showbusiness for the last four decades. He, Robin and another brother, Barry, started their singing careers in the 1950s, earning their name from a previous incarnation as the Brothers Gibb.

Following a spell in Australia, where they gained their first recording contract, they returned to the UK in 1967 to critical acclaim
"Bee Gee Maurice critically ill " (By Tim Cooper, Evening Standard , 10 January 2003 )
Maurice Gibb of The Bee Gees is critically ill in a Miami hospital today after a suspected heart attack.

The 53-year-old musician collapsed at his Florida home. Hospital doctors operated on him immediately, discovering major stomach problems.

In a statement today, a spokesman said: "Maurice has undergone surgery for an intestinal blockage. He is in a critical condition in intensive care. We are awaiting a full medical prognosis later today but everyone is very, very worried."

Maurice, who was once married to Lulu and has had well-documented drink problems in the past, is being comforted in hospital by his current wife, Yvonne, and their two children, Adam and Samantha.

He has also been visited by his brother Barry and Michael Jackson, with whom Barry had been working.

Maurice's twin Robin, who has been promoting a solo album in Britain, is waiting anxiously for news at his 12thcentury home in Thame, Oxon, and preparing to fly to his brother's bedside.

A friend said: "Obviously Robin is absolutely distraught. He has put all his work on hold and waiting anxiously for further news."

Maurice, the bass guitarist and keyboard player of the Bee Gees, is known to fans as "the funny one" of the three brothers, and distinguished by his penchant for hats.

He has been working with Barry on a new Bee Gees album in Miami, where both brothers live.

The Bee Gees are one of popular music's most successful acts of all time, surviving family feuds, ridicule, changes in musical fashion and tragedy, when younger brother Andy Gibb died.

They enjoyed a seemingly endless string of hits in the Sixties and, after a decline in popularity, reinvented themselves as a disco act. They enjoyed a revival thanks to the film Saturday Night Fever in the Seventies - and again in the Nineties when they won a lifetime achievement Brit Award.

Maurice met his first wife, Lulu, in the BBC canteen when they were both appearing on Top of the Pops in the late Sixties.

Their first date was at a Pink Floyd concert and they swiftly became British pop's golden couple - young, attractive and famous - announcing their engagement live on Lulu's TV show.
They married in 1969 with 3,000 screaming fans outside the church. She was 20 years old and still a virgin.

They entertained lavishly at their Highgate home, where Ringo Starr was a neighbour and regular house guests included Rod Stewart, Robert Plant, Dudley Moore and Keith Moon.

Maurice indulged his love of luxury cars, at one stage buying a Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Aston Martin in the space of a week, and they holidayed in St Moritz and Ibiza.

Lulu later revealed that their celebrity lifestyle masked an unhappy marriage, and they split in 1973.

"For all the parties, presents, tearful partings and reunions, we didn't know how to get along with each other," she said. "A lot of the time we fought like cat and dog and then made up again."

The couple were reunited onstage last year when they sang a duet on An Audience With Lulu.
"Maurice Gibb seriously ill" (10 January 2003, BBC)
Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees is seriously ill in a Miami hospital after suffering from a suspected heart attack.

It's believed the 53 year-old bass guitarist suffered the attack during surgery to remove an intestinal blockage.

He had initially collapsed in his home before being rushed to hospital.

The Bee Gees are widely regarded as one of the most successful band ever, with a career which has spanning over five decades.

Their career took off in the Sixties but they achieved their greatest success a decade later with the album Saturday Night Fever.

Maurice was formerly married to Sixties singer Lulu.

The two met when they both performed on Top Of The Pops.
"Bee Gees singer in critical condition" (CNN - Friday, January 10, 2003 Posted: 8:12 PM EST (0112 GMT)
Maurice Gibb suffers cardiac arrest

MIAMI BEACH, Florida (AP) -- Maurice Gibb of the famed 1970s vocal group the Bee Gees suffered cardiac arrest before undergoing emergency surgery for a blocked intestine and was in critical but stable condition, a hospital spokeswoman said Friday.

Gibb, 53, who lives in Miami Beach, was being treated in intensive care, said Mount Sinai Medical Center spokeswoman Kathleen Dorkowski. Gibb was admitted to the hospital Wednesday and underwent surgery Thursday, she said.

"Maurice has undergone surgery for an intestinal blockage. He is in a critical condition in intensive care. We are awaiting a full medical prognosis ... but everyone is very, very worried," a spokesman for his twin, Robin, said in a statement.

Maurice plays bass and keyboard for the group, whose name is short for the Brothers Gibb.

The Bee Gees -- Maurice, Robin and their older brother Barry -- have lived in South Florida since the late 1970s. Their younger brother, Andy, who had a successful solo career, died in 1988 at age 30 from a heart ailment.

Known for their close harmonies and original sound, the Bee Gees are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and their 1977 contributions to the "Saturday Night Fever" album made it the best selling movie soundtrack ever. Among their disco hits on that album are "Stayin' Alive," "More Than a Woman" and "How Deep Is Your Love."

They also had hits in other genres, including the haunting "New York Mining Disaster 1941" and "I Started a Joke."

The group won seven Grammy Awards together. The Bee Gees last album was in 2001, titled "This Is Where I Came In."
"Bee Gee Maurice Gibb recovering after surgery" (By Howard Cohen, Miami Herald, Fri, Jan 10, 2003)
Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees was recovering from emergency abdominal surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach on Friday after an operation a day earlier.

In a statement, Mount Sinai referred to his condition as critical but stable, saying Gibb was admitted Wednesday after complaining of stomach pains.

The hospital released a two-sentence statement, refusing to offer any details at the family's request, they said. Calls to Gibb's associates were referred to the hospital.

But the news of Gibb's illness still sparked a flurry of rumors Friday. The British press reported that the 53-year-old musician-songwriter had collapsed at home, suffering a heart attack. Overseas papers also erroneously reported that Michael Jackson, in Miami working with Barry Gibb on an unspecified project, had visited Maurice in the hospital.

All untrue, said Gibb's Los Angeles-based manager Carol Peters.

Peters wouldn't comment on Gibb's specific medical ailment or offer a prognosis.

''He had a congenital intestinal thing,'' she said. ``He's probably been walking around with it all of his life, but it got strangulated and they had to take it out. ..

''He had a stable night overnight and opened his eyes,'' Peters continued. ``Hopefully, he's on the mend. But he didn't have a stroke. He didn't have a heart attack. Michael Jackson did not come and visit but he did call. Right now it's just family and friends for the next 24 hours, as is the case with anyone who has had emergency surgery.''

An employee at North Miami Beach's Commander Mo's, a paintball shop owned by Maurice Gibb, who is a devotee of the sport, said he had seen Gibb over the weekend ``and he was fine.''
"Maurice Gibb critical" (DotMusic, 10 January 2003)
Bee Gees star Maurice Gibb is critically ill in Miami after suffering a heart attack, it has emerged.

According to reports, the 53-year-old musician collapsed in his Florida home with stomach pains and was rushed to hospital where he was immediately operated on. It was during this operation that he suffered a cardiac arrest.

A spokesman told the London Evening Standard: "Maurice has undergone surgery for an intestinal blockage. He is in a critical condition in intensive care.

"We are awaiting a full medical prognosis later today but everyone is very, very worried."

Maurice - who has been visited by his brother Barry and fellow musician Michael Jackson - is being comforted by his wife Yvonne and their two children, Adam and Samantha.
"Bee Gee Maurice critically ill" (Ananova -14:40 Friday 10th January 2003)
Maurice Gibb is critically ill in a Miami hospital after a suspected heart attack.

The 53-year-old Bee Gees singer reportedly collapsed at his Florida home and had to be operated on as soon as he arrived at hospital. His family are said to be very worried about the former alcoholic, once married to Lulu. A spokesman told the London Evening Standard: "Maurice has undergone surgery for an intestinal blockage. He is in a critical condition in intensive care. "We are awaiting a full medical prognosis later today but everyone is very, very worried." Maurice is being comforted in hospital by his current wife, Yvonne, and their two children, Adam and Samantha. He has also been visited by his brother Barry and Michael Jackson, with whom Barry had been working. Maurice, the bass guitarist and keyboard player of the Bee Gees, is known to fans as "the funny one" of the three brothers, and distinguished by his penchant for hats. He has been working with Barry on a new Bee Gees album in Miami, where both brothers live.
"Bee Gees Star Hospitalized" (Jan 10, 11:05 AM EST MSN)
MIAMI (AP) -- Maurice Gibb of the famed 1970s disco group the Bee Gees underwent emergency surgery for a blocked intestine and was in critical but stable condition, a hospital said Friday.

Gibb, 53, who lives in Miami Beach, was being treated in intensive care Friday following Thursday's surgery, Mount Sinai Medical Center spokeswoman Kathleen Dorkowski said. Gibb was admitted to the hospital Wednesday, she said.

"Maurice has undergone surgery for an intestinal blockage. He is in a critical condition in intensive care. We are awaiting a full medical prognosis ... but everyone is very, very worried," a spokesman for his twin, Robin, said in a statement.

Maurice, who played bass and keyboard for the group, has lived in South Florida since the late 1970s. The Bee Gees -- Maurice, Robin and their older brother Barry -- are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and their 1977 "Saturday Night Fever" is the best selling movie soundtrack ever.

The group, known for their close harmonies and original sound, won seven Grammy Awards together. The Bee Gees last album was in 2001, entitled "This Is Where I Came In."
"Collapse... Maurice Gibb" (By Simon Wheeler, The Sun)
Bee Gee 'critical' after op

BEE GEE Maurice Gibb was fighting for life last night after collapsing with crippling stomach pains. The 53-year-old British pop star had an emergency operation in Miami. Shattered Bee Gee Robin Gibb told of his twin brother’s shock illness — and revealed: "The next 24 hours are crucial." Robin, 53, was at home in Thame, Oxfordshire, when Maurice collapsed at his mansion in Miami. And as Maurice lay in a critical condition yesterday following an emergency op, Robin said: "Every hour is a bonus."

Maurice, bass guitarist and keyboard player with the Bee Gees — the biggest-selling family act in music history — suddenly fell ill on Wednesday. Worried doctors discovered an intestinal blockage and carried out abdominal surgery at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. Pop legend Maurice was still in intensive care last night. Wife Yvonne, 51, was at his bedside, together with the couple’s two children Samantha, 21, and 26-year-old Adam.

Robin — who with Maurice and older brother Barry, 56, has had a string of worldwide hits — told TV viewers of his shock at his twin’s collapse. And he revealed he had felt unwell himself just before hearing the news. Robin said on Channel 4’s Richard & Judy show: "He collapsed after having an intestinal blockage. The next 24 hours are going to be crucial for his recovery. "On the day it happened, I got some stomach pains myself. I felt strange for about an hour and I didn’t like the feeling. It was clear something wasn’t quite right. Later that day I was called by Maurice’s wife to say something was wrong. His collapse came as unexpectedly to me as it has to everyone else. It will be a very hard next 24 hours and every hour is a bonus."

Later, as he was driven from South London’s Cactus TV Studios following his appearance on the show, Robin seemed upbeat about Maurice.

He said: "The latest news we have is that he’s in a critical but stable condition. I’m thinking about flying out to see him, but I’m going to wait for the next update which will be in a few hours."

But a family friend said: "Obviously Robin is absolutely distraught. He has put all his work on hold and is waiting anxiously for further news."

Bee Gees band manager Carol Peters said there had been no warning of any illness. She said: ""It was completely out of the blue. No pains or anything beforehand, just all of a sudden ‘boom’. But Maurice has opened his eyes, wiggled his toes and feet, so it’s good."

Maurice has been working with Barry on a new Bee Gees album in Miami, where both brothers live.

Barry has been among the visitors to his hospital bedside, together with superstar Michael Jackson, who has also recently been working with Barry.

Maurice, who has battled booze in the past, became one half of the showbiz world’s golden couple when he wed pop queen Lulu in 1969. They divorced four years later.

Lulu, 54, said last night: "Obviously I am shocked and upset. We are all waiting to hear the latest news from the hospital. I know that Maurice’s wife Yvonne and Adam and Samantha have been with him throughout."

The Bee Gees, who won an Outstanding Contribution Brit award in 1997, have had 19 top ten hits since 1967, including FIVE Number Ones. Their most famous tracks include Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever, Tragedy and Jive Talkin’. But the brothers were hit by tragedy in 1988 when youngest brother Andy died of heart disease aged just 30.

A spokesman for the Mount Sinai Medical Center said last night: "Maurice Gibb underwent emergency abdominal surgery on Thursday January 9. "He is currently in a critical but stable condition."
"Bee Gee Maurice critically ill after surgery"  (By Hugh Davies - Daily Telegraph - Filed: 11/01/2003)
Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees was in a critical condition in hospital last night after undergoing emergency intestinal surgery. The 53-year-old singer and musician, who has a history of drink problems, collapsed at his �million home in Miami Beach two days ago, complaining of stomach pains. He was taken by ambulance to the Mount Sinai Medical Centre in Miami where surgeons operated.

Carol Peters, his manager, said in Los Angeles last night: "It was completely out of the blue. No pains or anything beforehand, just all of a sudden, boom." After surgery he "opened his eyes, wiggled toes and feet,so it's good". His brother Barry, who has been working with him and Michael Jackson on a new album, was at his side, while his twin, Robin, was waiting in Londonfor news.

Robin has been staying at his 11th century former monastery home near Thame, Oxon, while promoting a new solo album. He said Maurice was the "outgoing, gregarious" member of the singing trio. Speaking on Channel 4's Richard & Judy show last night, he said: "It was all very quick and sudden. The last 24 hours have been the most crucial. The latest update is that all his vital organs are A1 and recovering, which is good. Obviously, it's been very bad but every hour is a bonus." He added: "The morning that Maurice was taken ill I did have stomach pains for an hour to two hours at the very time. It was a discomforting feeling that something wasn't right and I hadn't had any pains like that before. It was at exactly the same time as he fell ill."

In an interview last year, Maurice said that it was a decade since "I last had my drink, my last drink, and I've never lived a better life". He said John Lennon introduced him to "scotch and Coke" when he was 17. "Even if it was cyanide, I would have drunk it." It is 15 years since his youngest brother Andy, 30, the "golden boy" of the family, was admitted to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford with severe stomach pains, while staying with Robin. He died three days later of myocarditis, a heart condition. He had been treated for cocaine and alcohol addiction at both Alcoholics Anonymous and the Betty Ford clinic in California, and was a bankruptowing more than $1 million.

The slightly-built Maurice fell ill while with his second wife, Yvonne,51, at their villa, which has a lake and a tennis court. They have a son, Adam, 25, and a daughter, Samantha, 26, who are songwriters. The couple have been together since the mid-1970s when they met at the Batley Variety Club in Yorkshire, where the Bee Gees were performing. Yvonne, from Dewsbury, managed the steak house next door.

His first wife was Lulu, the singer, who said last night in Los Angeles: "Obviously I'm deeply shocked and upset." They parted in 1973 after four years, with him saying: "She is determined and strong minded, whereas I am placid. "I once got in a row with her because she came home from her TV show with some people and found me in the den watching Match of the Day with no shirt on." Lulu said: "I was incredibly sad but it was never going to work. We were two spoiled little pop stars, each used to having our own way."

Maurice has been dealing with health problems since 1973, when he was convicted of a drink driving offence in Aberdeen, fined � and banned from driving for a year. He said: "I needed a drink in the mornings just to function. Barry and Robin were afraid my drinking would destroy the group." In 1980 he had to be escorted off a Washington-bound Concorde after he became "unsuitable for travelling" as the plane was taxi-ing for take-off at Heathrow. He had to be carried down the steps. He had been drinking champagne in the departure lounge for 90 minutes. He went in rehab but relapsed on the death of his brother. Their father, Hugh, a bandleader, died three years later. Maurice is noted for his hats and making jokes about their success as pop legends, with hits such as Massachusetts, How Deep Is Your Love?, Stayin' Alive and Night Fever.

Born in Douglas, Isle of Man, Maurice moved to Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester. The trio's first paid performance was at the Manchester, Gaumont, in 1958, miming to Tommy Steele's Wedding Bells. The family moved to Australia and the three brothers continued performing before returning to England.

Their distinctive close harmony singing landed them a five-year UK contract with Robert Stigwood in 1967, when they made their BBC Top of the Pops debut with New York Mining Disaster 1941. Despite their success, the group
became prone to internal strife, exacerbated not least by intoxication, including that of fame.

Their last album together was in 2001, entitled This Is Where I Came In. Their recent "One Night Only" tour was a sell-out, with an appearance at Wembley that drew repeated standing ovations.
"Maurice Gibb Critically ill"  (Sarah Hall - Saturday January 11, 2003 - The Guardian)
Maurice Gibb, one third of the Bee Gees, the most successful musical trio of all time, was last night critically ill in an American hospital after emergency surgery for a blockage of the intestine. The 53-year-old singer and bassist was rushed to the Mount Sinai hospital in Miami Beach, Florida, late on Thursday after collapsing at his nearby home, and operated on that evening.

Yesterday, he remained in the hospital's intensive care unit. His second wife, Yvonne, and their two children, Adam and Samantha, are understood to be at his side.

Gibb, together with twin brother Robin and older brother Barry, was one of the biggest pop stars of the 1970s as part of the Bee Gees. The band, which won a lifetime achievement Brit Award in 1997, is the only group to have had No 1 hits in each decade from the 60s to the 90s, and is famed for such songs as Night Fever, How Deep Is Your Love, and Stayin' Alive.

Gibb, who has had well-documented alcohol problems, had a four-year marriage to Lulu, whom he wed in 1969 after meeting her in the BBC canteen. They were reunited onstage three months ago when they sang on An Audience With Lulu.

Speaking on the Richard and Judy show on Channel 4 last night, Robin Gibb, who lives in Thame, Oxfordshire, said: "The last 24 hours have been the most crucial. The latest update is that all his vital organs are A1 and recovering, which is good. Obviously, it's been very bad but every hour is a bonus." The singer, who is promoting his new solo album, said his brother's wife had contacted him to say he had been rushed to hospital.

Phil Bassett, Robin Gibb's publicist, denied reports that the bassist had suffered a heart attack during surgery, but said his condition remained critical.
"Bee Gees singer 'improving' (BBC - Saturday, 11 January, 2003, 08:09 GMT)
Bee Gees star Maurice Gibb is said to be responding well to treatment in a Miami hospital after suffering a heart attack during emergency surgery.  Doctors operated on the 53-year-old singer and bassist on Friday to remove an intestinal blockage after he collapsed at home, but he suffered a heart attack during the operation.  His twin brother, Robin, told a British television programme that the last 24 hours had proved crucial in his recovery. "The latest update is that all his vital organs are A1 and he's recovering," he said. "Obviously, it's been very bad but every hour is a bonus."  Gibb, together with twin brother Robin and older brother Barry, was one of the biggest pop stars of the 1970s as part of the Bee Gees. He is understood to have started complaining of stomach pains on Thursday morning.  His wife, Yvonne, and his two children are thought to be at his side as he recovers from the operation, which took place on Thursday night.

Fans gathering

A hospital spokesman confirmed that Gibb had opened his eyes for a brief time and had held and squeezed his daughter's hand as she sat at his bedside.  Fans have gathered outside the hospital to await news of his condition. His former wife, pop star Lulu, and singer Michael Jackson have also sent messages of support.  Maurice Gibb - who has suffered alcohol problems in the past - married Lulu in 1969 after they met in the BBC canteen as they were preparing to perform on music show Top of the Pops. They married to a chorus of 3,000 screaming fans waiting outside the church, but they divorced four years later. 

Brother died

A spokesman for Lulu said the singer was in Los Angeles and had been told about developments. Gibb has been married to Yvonne for more than 25 years, and he credits her with his successful battle against alcoholism. His younger brother Andy died of a heart attack in 1988 at the age of 30, following drink and drug problems.  The Bee Gees performed as a group from an early age, impressing audiences in Manchester before the family emigrated to Australia. Radio and television appearances brought them popularity and an Australian number one with 1966's Spick and Speck. A year later the family returned to the UK and began their assault on the pop charts with songs such as Massachusetts, Words and I've Got to Get a Message to You. The Bee Gees went on to score hits in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.  One of their biggest periods was during the disco craze of the 1970s, largely thanks to their contribution to the movie Saturday Night Fever which starred John Travolta.

Hits

The soundtrack featured six songs from the Bee Gees, including the title track, Stayin' Alive, and Jive Talkin'.  Their music has continued to attract new audiences as contemporary artists cover their hits. Singers and groups to use their work include Boyzone, Steps, Take That and Westlife.  The trio were honoured with CBEs on the New Year Honours diplomatic list for their services to music. In 1997 they were given a lifetime achievement Brit Award.
"Bee Gees singer improving" (Ananova, Story filed: 12:33 Saturday 11th January 2003)
Maurice Gibb is said to be responding well to treatment in a Miami hospital after suffering a heart attack during emergency surgery. Doctors operated on the 53-year-old singer and bassist yesterday to remove an intestinal blockage after he collapsed at home, but he suffered a heart attack during the operation. A hospital spokesman confirmed Gibb had opened his eyes for a brief time and had held and squeezed his daughter's hand as she sat at his bedside, reports the BBC.

His twin brother, Robin, said the last 24 hours had proved crucial in his recovery. He said: "The latest update is that all his vital organs are A1 and he's recovering."

Gibb is understood to have started complaining of stomach pains on Thursday morning. His wife, Yvonne, and his two children are thought to be at his side as he recovers from the operation, Fans have gathered outside the hospital to await news of his condition.
"Bee Gees singer 'not improving'" (BBC , Saturday, 11 January, 2003, 18:50 GMT)
The condition of Bee Gees star Maurice Gibb is giving doctors serious cause for concern.  He had been responding well to treatment in a Miami hospital after suffering a heart attack during emergency surgery. He had opened his eyes and squeezed the hands of his daughter, who has been keeping a bedside vigil with his wife Yvonne. But later on Saturday the encouraging signs disappeared, and family members have been informed of the severity of Gibb's condition.

"It's been very bad but every hour is a bonus," said twin brother Robin.

Doctors operated on the 53-year-old singer and bassist on Thursday to remove an intestinal blockage after he collapsed at home, but he suffered a heart attack during the operation.

Gibb, together with Robin and older brother Barry, was one of the biggest pop stars of the 1970s as part of the Bee Gees.

He is understood to have started complaining of stomach pains on Thursday morning.

Awaiting news

Fans have gathered outside the hospital to await news of his condition.

His former wife, pop star Lulu, and singer Michael Jackson have also sent messages of support.

Maurice Gibb - who has suffered alcohol problems in the past - married Lulu in 1969 after they met in the BBC canteen as they were preparing to perform on music show Top of the Pops.

They married to a chorus of 3,000 screaming fans waiting outside the church, but they divorced four years later.

Brother died

A spokesman for Lulu said the singer was in Los Angeles and had been told about developments.

Gibb has been married to Yvonne for more than 25 years, and he credits her with his successful battle against alcoholism.

His younger brother Andy died of a heart attack in 1988 at the age of 30, following drink and drug problems.

The Bee Gees performed as a group from an early age, impressing audiences in Manchester before the family emigrated to Australia.

Radio and television appearances brought them popularity and an Australian number one with 1966's Spick and Speck.

A year later the family returned to the UK and began their assault on the pop charts with songs such as Massachusetts, Words and I've Got to Get a Message to You.

The Bee Gees went on to score hits over four decades.

One of their biggest periods was during the disco craze of the 1970s, largely thanks to their contribution to the movie Saturday Night Fever which starred John Travolta.

Hits

The soundtrack featured six songs from the Bee Gees, including the title track, Stayin' Alive, and Jive Talkin'.

Their music has continued to attract new audiences as contemporary artists cover their hits.

Singers and groups to use their work include Boyzone, Steps, Take That and Westlife.

The trio were honoured with CBEs on the New Year Honours diplomatic list for their services to music.

In 1997 they were given a lifetime achievement Brit Award.

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