Writing Titanic music helped me battle cancer: Robin Gibb

London: Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb says writing a symphony about the sinking of the Titanic has helped him through a personal tragedy.

The 62-year-old pop legend had a lifelong fascination with the ship, and to mark the 100th anniversary of the disaster he has composed his first classical work `The Titanic Requiem`, with son RJ, 29, reported Sun online.

"I`m truly grateful that working on `The Titanic Requiem` distracted me from my illness to such a degree that I truly believe it might have saved my life," he said.

Gibb`s fascination with the Titanic story stems from boyhood, when he was caught up in a violent storm at sea.

"One of my earliest memories goes back to when I was a little boy of seven and my grandmother told me how her mother cried floods of tears when she heard that the Titanic had sunk.

"Then, when I was eight and me and my family were sailing to Australia to start our musical career and begin a new life, we got caught in a monsoon. Then the captain made the announcement, `Do not worry. There hasn`t been a tragedy at sea since the Titanic went down in 1912`."