Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees suffers cardiac arrest


Published: Saturday, January 11, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 10, 2003 at 11:28 p.m.
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Maurice Gibb of the pop group the Bee Gees, shown in Miami Beach on July 29, 1998, underwent emergency surgery for a blocked intestine and was in critical but stable condition, a hospital spokesperson said Friday. Gibb, 53, who lives in Miami Beach, was being treated in intensive care Friday, Mount Sinai Medical Center's Kathleen Dorkowski said.

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MIAMI BEACH - Maurice Gibb of the famed 1970s vocal group the Bee Gees suffered cardiac arrest Thursday before undergoing emergency surgery for a blocked intestine and was in critical condition, a hospital said Friday.
Gibb, 53, who lives in Miami Beach, was being treated in an intensive care unit after the operation, Mount Sinai Medical Center spokeswoman Kathleen Dorkowski said.
Gibb was admitted to the hospital Wednesday with abdominal problems, she said.
"Prior to undergoing emergency abdominal surgery, on Thursday, January 9, Mr. Gibb experienced cardiac arrest," Dorkowski said in a statement late Friday. "He remains in critical but stable condition."
In a telephone interview, she said the hospital, at the request of the family and physicians, would release no other information on the cardiac arrest or other aspects of Gibbs' condition or treatment.
Maurice plays bass and keyboard for the group, whose name is short for the Brothers Gibb. The Bee Gees - Maurice, Robin and their older brother Barry - have lived in South Florida since the late 1970s. Their younger brother, Andy, who had a successful solo career, died in 1988 at age 30 from a heart ailment.
Known for their close harmonies and original sound, the Bee Gees are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and their 1977 contributions to the "Saturday Night Fever" album made it the best-selling movie soundtrack ever. Among their disco hits on that album are "Stayin' Alive," "More Than a Woman" and "How Deep Is Your Love."
They also had hits in other genres, including the haunting "New York Mining Disaster 1941" and "I Started a Joke."
The group won seven Grammy Awards together. The Bee Gees last album was in 2001, entitled "This Is Where I Came In."
The Bee Gees run a music production company in Miami called Middle Ear Studios.
The hospital set up an information hotline recording, (305) 674-2600, for fans interested in Maurice Gibbs' condition.
"Maurice has undergone surgery for an intestinal blockage. He is in a critical condition in intensive care. We are awaiting a full medical prognosis . . . but everyone is very, very worried," a spokesman for his twin, Robin, said in a statement.

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