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Spirits Having Flown

Robin Gibb says Bee Gees are through. He and brother Barry will still perform together, but not under the trio name they shared with late brother Maurice

Despite Barry Gibb's vow that the Bee Gees would continue despite Maurice Gibb's death last week, brother Robin Gibb told British TV on Tuesday that the trio was through. ''The Bee Gees died with Maurice Gibb,'' said Robin, Maurice's twin, to GMTV. ''The Bee Gees to us was the three brothers. In Maurice's name we would respect that and not be the Bee Gees any more.''

Maurice Gibb died Jan. 12 at age 53 from what an autopsy ruled was a congenital defect that caused a twist in his small intestine that restricted blood flow. His death ended more than 40 years of the three brothers performing together. As the Bee Gees, they scored numerous hits, particularly during the late-'70s disco era, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

Robin Gibb didn't rule out continuing to work as a duo with older brother Barry, but he said, ''Anything [Barry and I] do, we will work together, but it'll be as brothers and not under the name of the Bee Gees. We don't want to be the Bee Gees again.''

Originally posted Jan 22, 2003
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