After battling cancer and overcoming intestinal surgery, Robin Gibb has passed away in England at the age of 62.
Known as one-third of the Bee Gees, he along with his brothers Barry and Maurice, helped spearhead the disco sound that defined the 70s. However, in later years, Robin focused not only on his musical career, but on a number of causes about which he felt passionate.
In 2007, Gibb was elected President of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors & Composers. A non-profit organization that supports and promotes the rights of creators and artists across the globe, Gibb was vocal in his support of copyright for creators.
“Copyright is not a barrier to progress,” Gibb stated at the 2009 CISAC World Copyright Summit. “It is a facilitator of progress, creativity and communication. The existence of strong copyright will not stifle the development of the digital utopia, which Google, Microsoft and others promise. Copyright will promote such development.”
Along with his work with CISAC, Gibb worked to memorialize the World War II aircrews of Bomber Command. His effort raise awareness for the campaign has helped bring the memorial to completion, which will be this summer near Buckingham Palace.
Gibb’s charitable works also ventured into education with his role as Ambassador of The Outward Bound Trust, a charity devoted to helping children achieve life-enriching experiences.
“As children, my brothers and I constantly challenged each other and drove each other on to new adventures and achievements,” Gibb said of his involvement with Outward Bound. “We discovered music together, teaching ourselves how to play our instruments and write our songs. Without knowing it at the time, we were immersed in the Outward Bound process of discovering our potential.”
Gibb is survived by his wife, Dwina, and four children, Robin-John, Spencer, Melissa and Snow Robin; his mother, Barbara and siblings, Leslie and Barry.
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