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Gibb fights for life with pneumonia

Bee Gees star Robin Gibb remains in a coma after contracting pneumonia in his battle against cancer.

The 62-year-old singer's family have been keeping vigil at his bedside at a hospital in Chelsea, west London.

They are understood to include his wife Dwina, brother Barry, 65, daughter Melissa, 37, and sons Spencer, 39, and Robin-John, 29.

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

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.

A statement on the singer's website RobinGibb.com said: "Sadly the reports are true that Robin has contracted pneumonia and is in a coma. We are all hoping and praying that he will pull through.

"Because of this situation, Robin's website is temporarily unavailable. Sorry for any inconvenience."

Mr Gibb's agent declined to comment on reports that the star may have only days left to live.

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

Gibb's 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.

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