Robin Gibb Wakes From Coma, Battling Colorectal Cancer

LONDON (CBSMiami/AP) – Bee Gees star Robin Gibb is out of a coma, that’s the good news. The bad news is he’s been diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

Dr. Andrew Thillainayagam said Gibb was being treated for advanced colorectal cancer and had caught pneumonia as he was weakened from grueling doses of chemotherapy and two operations.

The 62-year-old singer fell into a coma last week after contracting the pneumonia.

Thillainayagam said that three days ago he had warned Gibb’s family that he may not wake up. Instead, Gibb is now fully conscious and able to speak.

Thillainayagam said Gibb is still in intensive care and is “exhausted, extremely weak and malnourished.” He is breathing with the help of an oxygen mask and needs intravenous feeding and antibiotics.

Gibb also recently battled colon and liver cancer.

The Bee Gees soared to fame after the 1977 film “Saturday Night Fever” starring John Travolta was built around the group’s disco songs.

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