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Robin Gibb’s private funeral set for next week; memorial service to come later this year

A private funeral for Bee Gee Robin Gibb, who died earlier this month, will be held June 8 in the U.K., according to a message posted on the musician’s Web site.

View Photo Gallery: As part of one of the most successful pop groups of all time, Robin Gibb helped define the disco culture of the 1970s.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked fans to send donations to two Isle of Man charities that were “close to [Gibb’s] heart”: Rebecca House, the children’s wing of a hospice center, and Wish Upon A Dream, an organization that grants the requests of ill children.

Fans have also been encouraged to leave their thoughts in an online guest book.

Gibb died May 20 after battling cancer and other health issues. The 62-year-old singer-songwriter had fallen into a coma in April, but awoke a week later. Still, doctors warned that his future remained “uncertain.” Upon his death, tributes from fans and celebrities poured in, including a touching video remembrance created by his brother Barry Gibb.

A public memorial service will be held for Gibb later this year, according to the message on his Web site. No further details were given.


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