By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Holding vigil: Robin Gibb, pictured left looking gaunt last year, has been surrounded by his family, including wife Dwina, right, at the private hospital in Chelsea, West London,
Bee Gees star Robin Gibb has shown signs of recovery after waking from a coma by responding to his family, his spokesman said.
The 62-year-old singer fell into a coma last week after contracting pneumonia in his battle against colon and liver cancer. His spokesman Doug Wright last night confirmed that Gibb had been able to nod and communicate with his family members, who have surrounded his bedside for almost his entire stay in a central London hospital. Gibb's relatives have said they have been singing to him while in hospital, with wife Dwina revealing he had cried when she played him the song Crying by Roy Orbison.
When he finally woke up from a 12-day coma, Robin Gibb looked at his son and uttered a heart wrenching: 'Hello RJ'. Family membershad kept a bedside vigil for the 12 days the Bee Gee had lain in a coma.
'Dad, thank heavens, has awoken from a 12-day coma,' RJ, 28, told the Daily Express.
True love: Robin and his wife Dwina at their Oxfordshire home in 2010
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.
Gibb's twin brother and bandmate Maurice died from the same bowel condition that initially led doctors to operate on Robin.
His 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.
Robin's son Robin-John, 29, had been due to premier a collaborative classical work, The Titanic Requiem, with his father earlier this month, but the event went ahead without Gibb due to his poor health.
Concern: Worried family of Bee Gee Robin Gibb have come to the Chelsea hospital to be by his bedside
Robin has enjoyed a musical career spanning six decades, from humble beginnings as part of a sibling trio in 1950s Manchester to his most recent classical venture, a requiem for The Titanic.
In the interim, he sang some of the greatest hits of the 1960s and 1970s, including Massachusetts, I've Gotta Get A Message To You, Lonely Days, How Can You Mend A Broken Heart, How Deep Is Your Love and Stayin' Alive.
Gibb last performed on stage in February, supporting injured servicemen and women at the Coming Home charity concert held at the London Palladium.
Brotherly love: Robin's sibling Barry arrived in the UK this week to be by his brother's side
Rebecca Justice wrote: ‘He and his family have brought joy to millions through the gift of words and music.
Now it’s time for us to give back to them in their time of need. May God bless the Gibb family.’