Member of The Bee Gees
MIAMI (Reuters) – Singer Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees, one of the disco sounds of the 1970s, has died after undergoing abdominal surgery last week, his family said on Sunday, January 12, 2003. He was 53.
Gibb, whose high-pitched harmonies with his twin Robin and older brother Barry helped create one of the best-selling musical groups, collapsed on Thursday, January 9, 2003 at his Miami home after suffering intense stomach pain and was rushed to the hospital.
He “experienced cardiac arrest” before his surgery on an intestinal blockage, the hospital said. After the operation and until he died, he was listed in critical but stable condition.
A hospital spokeswoman, Kathleen Dorkowski, said Gibb had died but gave no details. No time of death was given but it appeared to have been very early on Sunday.
The British-born Gibb brothers formed the Bee Gees as youngsters in 1958 in Brisbane, Australia. They scored with hits like “To Love Somebody”, “Holiday” and “(The Night The Lights Went Out In) Massachusetts”. The group hit the height of their fame during the disco craze with the soundtrack to the film “Saturday Night Fever,” which sold more than 40 million copies. They dominated record charts worldwide in the 1970s with such hits as “Stayin’ Alive,” “More Than A Woman,” and “How Deep Is Your Love.”