Gibbs rip doctors' treatment of Maurice


Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 12:47 a.m.
MIAMI BEACH - The surviving members of the Bee Gees pop group criticized doctors' treatment of their bandmate and brother Maurice Gibb, who died after undergoing emergency surgery.
Robin and Barry Gibb questioned the decision by doctors at Mount Sinai Medical Center to operate on Maurice Gibb, 53, after he had suffered cardiac arrest Thursday just before having surgery for an intestinal blockage.
He had been in critical condition for three days when he died Sunday.
"We believe mistakes were made and time was wasted," Robin Gibb told the British Broadcasting Corp. on Sunday.
"Protocol was not followed. Someone is responsible for the death," Barry Gibb told the BBC.
Bee Gees manager Allen Kovac had no information about possible legal action.
Kathleen Dorkowski, a spokeswoman at the hospital, said Monday she could not comment on the allegations.
Under Florida law, health officials can only disclose information on investigations of doctors and hospitals if state boards find complaints against them are justified.
That process can take weeks, said Health Department spokesman Bill Parizek.
Meanwhile, the Gibbs said they will shortly be announcing details of a funeral and memorial service.
"Barry and I are both lost and devastated following Maurice's untimely death," Robin Gibb said in a statement Monday. "The past few days have been a nightmare from which I will never awake. We had taken away from us, not just a brother, but a friend, band member and kindred spirit."
The brothers did not immediately return a phone message for additional comment left at Robin Gibb's home in Miami Beach on Monday.
The Bee Gees, short for the Brothers Gibb - twins Maurice and Robin, and older brother Barry - were known for their tight, high harmonies and original sound. Their younger brother, Andy, who had a successful solo career, died in 1988 at age 30 from a heart ailment.
Maurice Gibb, a recovering alcoholic, played bass and keyboard for the band, best known for disco hits like "Stayin' Alive."
The brothers had nine No. 1 songs, wrote dozens of hits for other artists, and sold more than 110 million records. The group's contributions to the "Saturday Night Fever" album in 1977 made it the best selling movie soundtrack ever, with more than 40 million copies sold.
"I will miss him very much and he will always be remembered for his great work," John Travolta, who starred in "Saturday Night Fever," said through his agent Monday.
The Bee Gees became members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and won seven Grammy Awards.

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