IT WAS the news that Hampshire’s Bee Gees superfan had been dreading but there is no doubt in her mind that Robin Gibb will live on forever through his chart-topping music.
Clutching one of her most prized possessions – a photograph taken with Robin – Moira Harfield is mourning the loss of the 62-year-old who died Sunday after a long battle with cancer.
His death comes just a few months after the mum-of-two was with the Gibb family in Miami, where Barry told her his brother didn’t have long and asked her to pray for him.
The 57-year-old had flown out to America to watch Barry in his first ever solo performance at the Hard Rock Cafe, sitting in the front row with his family, including mum Barbara, now 93, and Maurice’s widow Yvonne.
Moira said: “Robin was very much on everybody’s minds and although the press were suggesting he had made a great recovery, I spoke to Barry and he said ‘no, my brother is gravely ill, he is going to die’.
“Barry asked us all to pray for Robin and it really is a miracle that he fought on for this long.”
Robin, who sold more than 200 million records and notched up dozens of hits with brothers Barry and Maurice, had recently undergone intestinal surgery.
His family, who had been holding a vigil by his bedside, announced his tragic death with “great sadness” on Sunday, prompting an outpouring of emotion from fans and fellow members of the music industry.
Barry, the eldest of three brothers, is now the only surviving Bee Gee.
Robin’s twin Maurice died suddenly in 2008, aged 53, from a heart attack during emergency surgery for an abdominal blockage.
Moira added: “It is really sad. It is just awful to think that Barry is the only brother left now. No mother should have to bury their own child, but their mother, Barbara, will now have to bury her third son.”
As a dedicated fan since the age of 12, Moira has lost count the amount of times she has seen and met them, even visiting their homes in Miami.
“It is so sad because he still had so much to give and write. First and foremost, Robin saw himself as a song writer”, she said.
“He was a very funny man and they always had time for their fans – that is what was so special about them. They are truly up there with the Beatles and other musical greats. They will live on forever in their music.”