Barry Gibb: Death doesn't scare me
Barry Gibb doesn't have a "fear" of death anymore following the passing of his brothers.
The 67-year-old musician is the one surviving member of hit group the Bee Gees after losing his brothers and bandmates, with Maurice passing away in 2003 aged 53 from cardiac arrest while his brother Robin died of liver and kidney failure in 2012.
Although the losses took a toll on Barry, they also gave him a different outlook on death. In a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine he admits he ponders a lot about dying, and knows exactly how he'd like to go.
“But I don’t have any fear of it, like I might’ve if I’d never lost a brother," he noted.
"[I'd die] f**king quick. A heart attack onstage would be ideal, right in the middle of Stayin’ Alive!”
To make the most of his existence, Barry has now put together a bucket list. It includes wanting to take a peak “inside of a nuclear submarine” along with achieving one last hit with his music.
Along with Robin and Maurice, Barry also had sibling Andy, who passed away aged just 30 in 1988. The music star got caught up in drugs, mainly cocaine, which eventually led to his death.
Berry is unsure whether he will be reunited with his brothers in an afterlife, but likes the idea.
“When people say, ‘Your brothers are looking down on you and smiling’, I don’t know if that’s true. But maybe, if there’s any truth to that stuff, one day I’ll bump into my brothers again. And they’ll say, ‘What kept you?’” he added.
Robin's death triggered depression for Barry, causing him to feel confused about his purpose in life. Luckily he had his wife Linda and Beatles star Sir Paul McCartney to help him recover.
“I went on as normal. But that’s not how I felt. I was groping around. I didn’t know what to do with myself. When suddenly you’re on your own after all those years, you start to question life itself. What’s the point in any of it?” Barry remembered.
“[Linda] kicked me off the couch. She said, ‘You can’t just sit here and die with everybody else. Get on with your life’.
“And I said [to Paul] I wasn’t sure how much longer I could keep doing this. And Paul said, ‘Well, what else are you going to do?’ And I just thought, ‘Well, OK, then’.”
© Cover Media