Robin Gibb, one of the three Bee Gees whose falsetto harmonies powered such hits as "Stayin' Alive" and "Night Fever" and defined the flashy disco era died last night at the age of 62.
Gibb's family announced in a statement that "Robin passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery".
The band of Gibb brothers was famed for the influential 1977 "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack that became one of the fastest-selling albums of all time.
The album remains a turning point in popular music history, ending the hard rock era and ushering in a time when dance music ruled supreme.
The Bee Gees went on to sell more than 200 million records and had a long string of successful singles, clearing their way to induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
There are more than 6,000 cover versions of their songs — a substantial testament to their continued popularity.
Gibb is survived by his second wife, Dwina, and four children, as well as his older brother, fellow Bee Gee Barry Gibb, and his sister Lesley Evans