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Sunday, January 12, 2003; 2:13 AM
MIAMI (Reuters) - Singer Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees, one of the disco sounds of the 1970s, has died after undergoing abdominal surgery last week, his family said on Sunday. He was 53.
"His love, enthusiasm and energy for life remain an inspiration to all of us," the family said in a statement issued at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami, where he was treated. . . .
Thursday, Gibb collapsed at his Miami home after suffering intense stomach pains and was rushed to the hospital. After surgery on an intestinal blockage, Gibb was listed in critical but stable condition for three days before his death.
The hospital had said that before his surgery he had "experienced cardiac arrest."
. . . Friday, the Bee Gees' Los Angeles-based manager Carol Peters said Gibb initially emerged from surgery in critical condition, but he had "opened his eyes, wiggled his toes and feet, so it's good."
Gibb's twin brother, Robin, said in a television interview aired Friday in Britain, that his brother's collapse took everyone by surprise but that Maurice's "vital organs are A-1 and he's recovering."
Peters said Friday Barry and Robin Gibb were with their brother at the hospital. All three of the British-born brothers reside in the Miami area and have long been a part of the city's life, first moving to the area in the 1970s.
Maurice Gibb was married, to Yvonne, and the couple had two children. He lived in a waterfront house in Miami Beach and owned a local paintball shop called Commander Mo's.
A younger sibling, Andy, who did not sing with the Bee Gees but had a brief burst of fame in the late 1970s with hits such as "I Just Want To Be Your Everything" and "Shadow Dancing," died of a heart infection in 1988, aged 29.
-- Anonymous, January 12, 2003