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Music stars lead tributes to Gibb

The entertainment world has led tributes to Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb after the "musical giant" lost a lengthy battle with cancer at the age of 62.

Robin, who sold more than 200 million records and notched up dozens of hits with brothers Maurice and Barry, had recently undergone intestinal surgery.

His family announced his tragic death with "great sadness" yesterday prompting an outpouring of emotion from fans and fellow members of the music industry.

Broadcaster Paul Gambaccini said the performer and songwriter was "talented beyond even his own understanding" and dubbed him as "one of the important figures in the history of British music". Stars including Hollywood actor John Travolta, rock star Bryan Adams and singer songwriter Mick Hucknall also paid emotional tributes.

A statement released by Gibb's loved-ones said: "The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery. The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time."

The Bee Gees' song catalogue, which includes Massachusetts, How Deep Is Your Love and Stayin' Alive, led to their induction into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Gambaccini said: "Everyone should be aware that the Bee Gees are second only to Lennon and McCartney as the most successful songwriting unit in British popular music."

Travolta, who danced his way to stardom in Saturday Night Fever to the Bee Gees' distinctive soundtrack, paid tribute to Gibb. He said: "I thought Robin was one of the most wonderful people - gifted, generous and a real friend to everyone he knew. And we'll miss him."

Canadian rocker Adams said: "Robin Gibb RIP. Very sad to hear about yet another great singer dying too young."

British singer songwriter Mick Hucknall wrote: "RIP Robin Gibb. A musical giant."

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