Robin Gibb blames his cancer battle on his fame and fortune.
The Bee Gees singer – who underwent seven rounds of chemotherapy in 18 months in a bid to beat liver cancer – admitted he sometimes wonders if his family tragedies including his own ill health and the deaths of his brothers Andy in 1988 and Maurice in 2003 are a “karmic price” for their worldwide success.
He explained to The Sun newspaper: “I sometimes wonder if all the tragedies my family has suffered, like Andy and Maurice dying so young and everything that’s happened to me recently, is a kind of karmic price we are paying for all the fame and fortune we’ve had.
“But we’ve worked hard for everything we’ve achieved.
“I am not and never have been at death’s door. But the illness, and the untimely death of my brothers, has made me conscious of the fact that — rather than just think about it — it’s crucial that you do today what you want to do.
“I’ve got a sense of urgency about life, rather than withdrawing from it and feeling depressed.
“Now I know how precious time is, and that you can’t put it in the bank. So I intend to make the most of every single second of it that I’ve got left.”
Robin – who also has a sister Lesley and brother and fellow Bee Gee member Barry – admitted the death of his twin Maurice, from complications resulting from a twisted intestine, is something he will never recover from.
He said: “Maurice was in hospital for just three days. I flew to Miami to see him and he was in a coma.
“They told Barry and I that, if Maurice didn’t have any brain activity within 10 minutes, he would die then and there. To our horror, we found out there was none. And Maurice died.
“How did I get over Maurice’s death? I didn’t. And I never will. I just don’t accept it. I tell myself he’s away on a long holiday and that we’ll be seeing each other again soon.”