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Stayin' Alive

Bee Gees' Maurice Gibb undergoes emergency surgery. The 53-year-old singer remains in critical condition after suffering a seizure and undergoing abdominal surgery

Maurice Gibb | TOUCH AND GO Gibb is in critical condition
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TOUCH AND GO Gibb is in critical condition

Maurice Gibb, one-third of the classic disco trio the Bee Gees, was recuperating Friday in a Miami hospital after undergoing emergency intestinal surgery, his manager told Reuters. The 53-year-old singer, who lives in Miami, suffered stomach pains on Wednesday and was rushed to Miami's Mount Sinai Medical Center, where doctors found an intestinal blockage. ''It was completely out of the blue,'' manager Carol Peters told Reuters. ''No pains or anything beforehand, just all of a sudden, boom.''

The hospital listed Gibb in critical but stable condition. Peters said Gibb had ''opened his eyes, wiggled his toes and feet, so it's good.'' But a spokesperson for twin brother Robin was less sanguine, releasing a statement that said, ''We are awaiting a full medical prognosis ... but everyone is very, very worried.''

Maurice Gibb, who plays bass and keyboards for the trio, has performed with brothers Robin and Barry for more than 40 years. The Bee Gees' most recent album, ''This Is Where I Came In,'' was released in 2001.

Originally posted Jan 10, 2003