The world is mourning the loss of Robin Gibb, one third of the iconic disco era band the Bee Gees.

The sad news of Gibb’s death was officially posted on his website on Sunday May 19. The statement read:

“The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery.

“The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”

Robin Gibb achieved great superstardom in the 60’s and 70’s with his brothers Barry and Maurice. Together, they produced several well-known love ballads and disco hits, like “Stayin’ Alive,” “How Deep is Your Love,” “Night Fever,” and “Emotions” (which was re-made by Destiny’s Child).

The Bee Gees also achieved album sales of up to 200 million copies, putting them in the same league as the likes of the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd, Reuters reported.

Robin Gibb — who had been battling cancer of the colon and liver — leaves behind his wife Dwina Murphy Gibb and three children, Spencer, Melissa and Robin-John. He was 62 years old.

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