London: Robin Gibb’s last words before he passed away after a long battle with colon and liver cancer saw him pay a touching tribute to his late twin brother Maurice, saying he wished “Mo was here.”
The Bee Gees singer spoke to his family members about Maurice, who died in 2003 after complications during an operation on a twisted intestine, shortly before he passed away from his deathbed.
“I wish Mo was here, I can’t believe he is gone,” the Daily Mail quoted Gibb as saying before he died.
His family, including wife, Dwina, daughter Melissa, 37, and sons Spencer, 39, and Robin-John, 29, had been keeping a bedside vigil at a London hospital in recent weeks, and family sources revealed the singer often talked about Maurice during his final few weeks.
Gibb’s twin brother and bandmate Maurice died from the same bowel condition that initially led doctors to operate on him.
But Gibb never acknowledged the fact he might be dying, despite drifting in and out of a coma, and he “constantly” spoke of the possibility of touring with his brother Barry.
“We all knew he was seriously unwell, but his strength of character meant he never once mentioned the possibility he might not make it,” a friend told the Daily Mirror.
“Instead he talked constantly about touring again, working with his brother Barry and about how much he missed Maurice, or Mo as he always called him.
“It was very moving to hear him speak so lovingly of his twin brother - as though he had never quite accepted that he had gone and still felt the same amazing connection between the two of them that they’d always had,” the friend said.
Robin’s brother Barry, 65, is said to be heartbroken after hearing the news at his home in Miami, Florida, and he made plans to fly back to London with his 92-year-old mother Barbara to mourn with the family.
As well as paying tribute to Maurice, Robin made a dying wish for the Bee Gees classic 1977 hit ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ to be the first song played at his funeral, asking Spencer to make it possible.
“It’s a beautiful song, penned by a beautiful person. It couldn’t be more appropriate when we all say goodbye,” a close friend told the Sun.