Surviving Bee Gee Barry Gibb lamented the loss of his brother, telling mourners on Friday that he would miss Robin Gibb’s “magnificent mind and his beautiful heart.”
He said Robin’s death from cancer last month at age 62 meant that he would now be reunited with his late twin brother Maurice, who died in 2003.
“They were both beautiful,” Barry Gibb said. “And now they’re together. They’re actually together.”
Many mourners at St. Mary’s Church in Thame, England, wept as Robin’s coffin was brought into the church while the Bee Gees classic “How Deep is Your Love” was played.
Robin’s widow Dwina and his elderly mother Barbara were close behind.
Barbara Gibb has outlived three of her four sons. Singer Andy Gibb, who had a successful solo career, died in 1988.
The Bee Gees, known for soaring harmonies and disco tunes, were one of the most popular bands in history. Robin Gibb also enjoyed success as a solo artist and as a songwriter.
Barry Gibb told the congregation that his late brother Robin’s humor was always present, even in times of tension between the two.
“We were laughing all the way,” Barry Gibb said. “Sometimes crying. God knows how much we argued. Even right up to the end we found conflict with each other, which now means nothing.”
A memorial service is scheduled for a later date.
Prince Philip, 91 today, goes home
Britain’s Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, was released from a London hospital Saturday, one day before his 91st birthday.
The prince had spent five nights in the hospital after being admitted with a bladder infection on Monday, and missed part of the queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration as a result.
As he left London’s private King Edward VII hospital, Philip appeared in good spirits, waving at the cameras after shaking hands with hospital staff. He nodded to reporters who asked if he was feeling better, before being escorted home by police.
Six months ago, Philip suffered heart problems and had a coronary stent fitted. He has been married to the queen for almost 65 years.
The birthday bunch
Singer Shirley Alston Reeves (The Shirelles) is 71. Actor Andrew Stevens is 57. Bassist Kim Deal (The Pixies, The Breeders) is 51. Actress Jeanne Tripplehorn is 49. Actress Kate Flannery (“The Office”) is 48. Model-actress Elizabeth Hurley is 47. Guitarist Joey Santiago (The Pixies) is 47. Singer Faith Evans is 39. Actor DJ Qualls (“Hustle & Flow”) is 34. Actor Shane West (“ER,” “Now and Again”) is 34. Singer Hoku is 31.