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Bee Gee Robin wakes from coma as family sing to him

BEE Gees star Robin Gibb has shown signs of recovery after waking from a coma by responding to his family.

The 62-year-old singer fell into a coma last week after contracting pneumonia in his battle against colon and liver cancer.

His spokesman Doug Wright has confirmed that Gibb had been able to nod and communicate with his family, who have surrounded his bedside for almost his entire stay in a London hospital.

Gibb's relatives have said they have been singing to him while in hospital, with wife Dwina revealing he cried when she played him Crying by Roy Orbison.

Gibb had surgery on his bowel 18 months ago for an unrelated condition, but a tumour was discovered and he was diagnosed with liver and colon cancer.



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It had been thought his cancer was in remission as early as last month, but the latest deterioration in his health coincides with reports of a secondary tumour.

Gibb's twin brother and bandmate Maurice died from the same bowel condition that initially led doctors to operate on Robin.

His younger brother Andy, who was not part of the Bee Gees but a successful singer in his own right, died in 1988 from heart failure at 30.

Robin's son Robin-John (29) had been due to premier a classical work, The Titanic Requiem, with his father earlier this month, but the event went ahead without Gibb due to his poor health.

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