Bee Gees star Robin Gibb 'gravely ill'
Published 25/10/2011 | 10:18
Robin Gibb, the Bee Gees singer, cancelled a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron because he was too ill too attend, it has been claimed.
The pop singer, 61, is said to be battling a two-year illness that gives him crippling stomach pains.
He was due to meet David Cameron at Number 10 yesterday but had to pull out after he became too sick to attend, the Daily Mirror has reported.
Gibb has been admitted to hospital twice recently after collapsing at his home in Oxfordshire with abdominal pains.
His most recent health scare came just 10 days ago when he was forced to cancel an appearance at a BBC Songs of Praise concert after being rushed to hospital.
A statement released on Gibb's website said the singer had been treated for inflammation of the colon.
"He requests that since this is a difficult time for him and his family his privacy be respected," it added. "Robin would like to thank all his friends and fans for their good wishes and sends them love."
Last August the Bee Gees star, whose twin brother Maurice died in 2003 after suffering complications from a blocked intestine, had emergency surgery for the same condition.
It is claimed that Gibb suffers from abdominal pains on a regular basis and has been fighting the condition for nearly two years.
Yesterday, he was due to meet the Prime Minister to discuss his upcoming Poppy Appeal charity single, 'I've Gotta Get A Message To You'.
After cancelling the meeting due to ill health, he appeared on Alan Titchmarsh's ITV chat show to promote the song.
Fans were shocked by the Bee Gees star's "gaunt" appearance at the studio.