Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees recently underwent emergency surgery to remove a blood clot in his colon, which is unrelated to a mysterious illness he has battled for months, according to his reps.
The 62-year-old singer has been in and out of the hospital in recent months and has sparked concern about his health due to his frail appearance. In early February, he said doctors had removed a growth in his colon and that he felt "fantastic." A message about his latest medical procedure was posted on his website on Wednesday.
"On Monday evening, 26 March 2012, Robin Gibb underwent emergency surgery to remove a blood clot in his colon that caused perforation," the statement said. "This follows earlier surgery for a twisted intestine and is unrelated to Robin's recent illness. Robin underwent the operation successfully, he is awake and has been talking to his doctors. He is currently being monitored and resting in the hospital and his family are hoping for his full recovery."
In October 2011, a message posted on his website said he was hospitalized for four days to treat inflammation in his colon.
"I was diagnosed with a growth in my colon," Gibb told BBC Radio 2 in an interview that aired on February 3. "It was removed. And I've been treated for that by a brilliant doctor, and in their own words 'the results have been spectacular.'"
"I've been treated for that by a brilliant doctor, and in their own words 'the results have been spectacular,'" he said. "And they said, 'What are you doing that we don't know about?'" he added. "And I said, 'I'm not doing anything.' And in fact, I haven't taken a single tablet."
The singer did not say whether or not the growth was cancerous and also made no mention of chemotherapy or other treatments. Previous reports had said he was battling liver cancer.
"The prognosis is that it's almost gone and I feel fantastic and really, from now on, it's just what they could describe as a 'mopping-up' operation," Gibb said. "I'm very active and my sense of well-being is good."
Gibb recently collaborated with his son RJ for his first classical album, "The Titanic Requiem." The record commemorates the 100th anniversary of the deadly ship disaster and was released on March 27. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is set to perform music from the album at a world premiere in Central Hall, Westminster in London on April 10.
"Robin's promotional commitments for 'The Titanic Requiem' album release have been canceled for the time being," the message on his website stated. "But it remains Robin's intention to attend the work's live premiere in London on April 10th."
Gibb also underwent surgery in 2010 for a blocked intestine. His twin brother Maurice, the third member of the Bee Gees, died in 2003 at age 53 in Miami. He had suffered a cardiac arrest before an emergency surgery for an intestinal blockage.
The Bee Gees, a Grammy-winning pop and disco trio known for their falsetto sound, was formed in the late 1950s and was made up of the two brothers and their older brother, Barry. The group was best known for 1970s hits such as "Stayin' Alive," "How Deep Is Your Love," and "More Than a Woman," all of which were featured on the soundtrack of the 1977 dance film "Saturday Night Fever."