Bee Gee Robin Gibb wakes from coma

April 21, 2012 at 7:30 PM ET

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British singer Robin Gibb in 2011.

Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has woken from a coma more than a week after he lost consciousness and has attempted to communicate with family members at his hospital bedside, the BBC reported on Saturday.

Gibb, 62, has begun to show signs of recovery and has been able to nod and communicate with his family, spokesman Doug Wright was quoted as saying by the BBC. Wright could not immediately be reached to confirm the report.

Gibb's relatives have said they have been singing to him while he was in a central London hospital, with wife Dwina revealing he had cried when she played him the 1962 song "Crying" by Roy Orbison, the BBC reported.

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The singer contracted pneumonia and fell into a coma at a central London hospital earlier this month. He had been receiving treatment for colon and liver cancer.

He founded the Bee Gees with his twin brother Maurice and older brother Barry in the late 1950s. They have sold an estimated 200 million records during a career spanning more than 50 years.

The group helped to define the disco sound of the 1970s with a string of hits, including "Stayin' Alive", "Night Fever" and "Jive Talkin.'" Their distinctive sound was characterized by falsetto vocals, tight harmonies and lush orchestration.

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