Bee Gees star Robin Gibb too ill for meeting with David Cameron after suffering from inflammation of the colon


By Emily Sheridan, Sara Nathan and Ben Todd

Health troubles: Gibb has been hospitalised twice this year

Fears grew yesterday for the health of Robin Gibb after he was forced to miss a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron.

The Bee Gees singer spent four days in hospital earlier this month suffering from inflammation of the colon.

His twin brother, Maurice, died of an intestinal illness in 2003.

Gibb had been due to launch this year’s official Poppy Appeal song – on which he appears – at 10 Downing Street, but a close friend said he was too ill to attend.

The 61-year-old, looking gaunt and exhausted, later appeared on ITV’s Alan Titchmarsh Show, but he made no mention of his health problems.

Instead, he apologised on camera to the Prime Minister for missing their meeting.

A source close to Gibb said: ‘Robin’s not well. He didn’t feel well enough to meet Mr Cameron and stayed at home for the morning.

On the road to recovery: The 61-year-old singer was discharged from hospital last week after suffering colon trouble

'But by the afternoon, he felt well enough to go on the Titchmarsh show.’

The multimillionaire was taken to Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford on October 13, after suffering severe stomach pains at his home in Thame, Oxfordshire.

His manager said: ‘This is what did it for his brother Maurice – but what is different is his condition was left for a long time and Robin’s has not been.’

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Robin Gibb on 'The Alan Titchmarsh Show'

He was only discharged from hospital a week ago, but was determined to get back to work as he promoted his new charity single.

However, as he arrived at the ITV studios, it was clear his recent illness has taken its toll.

The singer had obviously lost a lot of weight and looked frail and gaunt as he turned up to promote his single with The Soldiers, I've Gotta Get A Message To You.

Gibb's wife Dwina had called the emergency services after he was ‘taken short with pains’ at their mansion in Thame.

As a result, Gibb – who is estimated to be worth £110million - had to pull out of a BBC Songs of Praise concert.

Gibb is said to be an ardent tee-totaller and vegan.

Concern: Robin and his wife Dwina who was at his hospital bedside

Gibb's manager Eaton explained: 'Obviously it is a worry. This is what did it for his brother Maurice - but what is different is his condition was left for a long time and Robin's has not been.

'Our concern is that it keeps recurring but he is determined to get better and we just hope things will be OK. Robin just wants to get back to work.'

Last year Gibb had emergency abdominal surgery to remove part of his intestine after suffering excruciating pain at a concert in Belgium.

It was revealed afterwards that if his condition had not been dealt with so promptly he could have been dead 'in two hours'.

Legends: Robin (right) was one third of the Bee Gees along with his brothers Maurice (middle) and Barry