Is there a curse on the Bee Gees? That's the question Robin Gibb himself asked before he died on Sunday at age 62.
Robin, who lost a long battle with colon cancer that left him emaciated, is the third Gibb brother to succumb to an early death.
The announcement of Robin's death at Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards stunned the audience.
Co-host Julie Bowen said, "Just a little over an hour ago we heard the sad news that the music world has lost another legend. So we wanted to take a moment to pause and remember Robin Gibb."
Just a few months ago, a dying Robin wondered if his famous family was paying a "karmic price" for their astounding success.
His twin, Maurice Gibb, died in 2003 at age 53.
And Andy Gibb, the youngest of the brothers, was just 30 when he suddenly died of a heart ailment caused by a viral infection in 1988.
Barry Gibb, the oldest of the Bee Gees, at 65, is the sole survivor of the legendary group.
As Barbara Gibb, the 91-year-old matriarch of the family, prepares to bury her third son, her friends were quoted as saying she too "believes the family may be cursed." [Source: Associated Press]
Meanwhile, the tributes for Robin are pouring in. John Travolta, who starred in Saturday Night Fever and is forever linked to the music of the Bee Gees, 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."