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Fans pray as Bee Gee Robin lies in a coma

Bee Gees star Robin Gibb remained in a coma in hospital today as fans of the cancer-stricken singer left hundreds of messages of hope for his recovery.

Wife Dwina smiled and son Robin-John waved to photographers as they entered a central London hospital.

Emily Harrison, from Nova Scotia, Canada, wrote on Gibb's Facebook page: "Get well, Robin, we don't want to lose another Bee Gee!! All your fans are thinking positive thoughts. May God bless you & all your families."

Narcisse Lacroix, from the Czech Republic, described how Mr Gibb's voice was one of the first she was permitted to hear as the strict ban on western music was eased in the former socialist state.

She wrote: "(The) first time I heard your voice when I was 11 years old, it seems to be so long ago. In that time our broadcasters started to play western music and I learned my first English words with listening to Sinking Ships, I Started A Joke and Holiday with a dictionary in my hand.

"I had and I still have a lot of other beloved interpreters of music and loves in real life but you are a love that lasted, some kind of a soulmate and you always will be. I pray for you."

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

Other family members, including brother Barry (65), daughter Melissa (37), and son Spencer (39), had also reported to have visited Gibb, who is suffering from colon and liver cancer and pneumonia.

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