Bee Gees Actually Had One More Brother Who Died at 30 Though His Ex Was Not Surprised

Bee Gees had one famous brother, Andy Gibb, who made history but lived a short life. His death was a shock to many except his ex-wife, who even though was saddened by the news saw it coming.

Andy Gibb was the youngest brother of the three men who formed the “Bee Gees.” He was not a member of the team, but during his reign, his performance was impressive.

Andy is the only solo artist who had his first three singles hit the charts, and before he entered adulthood, he was famous, and rich, selling about fifteen million records worldwide.

In the end, he lived to feed his demons which sadly came haunting despite his new life. The singer died at age 30, unable to accomplish much more than he wanted to, but had achieved a lot that influenced the sound of music over the years.

Andy Gibb was born in the Isle of Man, and he spent his childhood in Brisbane, Australia. He came from a line of experienced entertainers; his mother, Barbara, was a seasoned singer who was a former band member. While his dad, Hugh, could play the drums effortlessly. 

Andy was surrounded by music, and it did not only come from his parents but siblings. Before he pursued a career in the entertainment industry, he had older brothers who were very successful singers and guitarists.

The Gibb boys— Barry, Robin, and Maurice, formed the “Bee Gees” band in 1958. Their unique tune cut across multiple genres, consisting of a mixture of pop, soft rock, disco, and soul mix, which appealed to a wide range of audiences.

Following the group’s fame and fortune, the Gibb family could afford a lavish lifestyle. They moved to Ibiza, Spain, and Andy, the baby brother of the celebrity band, was treated to a life of affluence and he would often get picked up at school in a Rolls Royce.

While this drew attention from school, it also created an avenue for resentment. Andy’s classmates did not like the display of wealth, and this caused him to hate school in return. 

At age 13, the youngest Gibb brother left school to pursue music. Andy dreamed of becoming a part of his famous brothers, so he began to polish/showcase his musical prowess, first at local bars, where he sang with a guitar given to him by Barry.

However, the older guys had a better option. They sensed that their baby brother would do excellently as a solo artist since he had an exceptional tune and rhythm.

In a short time, under their supervision, Andy dropped a hit track. This was followed by a string of hits after getting signed by Stigwood, the “Bee Gees'” manager. 

Andy did not have to go through the turmoil of rejection, getting cheated by managers, or being booed off the stage. His access to fame was easy; thankfully, he had his brother who paved the way, making it easier for him to be accepted, but his music was also brilliant, and it went on to define the disco era!

The “Baby Bee Gee,” as Andy was often called, got an overwhelming amount of fame before his adulthood. So many loved him, including old, young men, women, his family, and his manager.

However, he somehow felt that he lagged somewhere. Andy never saw a seemingly perfect guy like the rest of the world(he was good-looking, talented, and famous). He felt subpar to his brothers, who were his role models.

Although it was nice to have a little brother who looked up to his older siblings, the comparison made him live a life of misery; an emptiness that robbed him of his status.

At age 19, Andy fell in love with a young beauty named Kim Reeder. She worked as a receptionist and soon became his wife. After their marriage, they moved into a small home in West Hollywood. 

Many would have thought that these young couples with a bright future would last forever. But things began to dwindle when Andy relied on other means to be happy and fulfilled.

He engaged in drug abuse. This got him into a state of paranoia and depression which made it difficult for anybody to connect to him and give a helping hand.

Sadly, Reeder could not cope with the situation, so in 1978, when she became pregnant with their only child, Peta, the receptionist served her husband with divorce papers and left him for a new life back in Australia. 

Two years later, she returned to America with their toddler daughter. Andy gave his ex-wife a customized gold bracelet with the words “With all my love— A.G.” But after this encounter, neither mother nor daughter ever saw the singer.

THE DECLINE BEFORE HIS DEATH

Before he passed away at age 30, Andy had more than enough opportunities to redeem his career. Things had gone bad; he did not release any more hits, had no confidence in himself, and was abusing drugs.

In 1981, he got an opportunity to appear on the TV show “Solid Gold with Marilyn McCoo.” The show’s producer, Brad Lachman, had loved his charm and personality and wanted him on it. 

Sadly, Andy failed to hold his end of the bargain and began missing shows. Lachman recognized that the young man was troubled, but after several warnings, he decided to let him go.

Shortly after that, Andy suffered a decline; he experienced a failed relationship with an older lover, Victoria Principal, with who he was madly in love. When things ended, the one-time singer went back into his shell; this time, he went deeper, making it nearly impossible to be redeemed.

On the other hand, Principal explained that her ex-lover was a drug user who was unwilling to face his demons. This stirred trouble in their relationship, which led to it failing. 

DETAILS SURROUNDING HIS DEATH

For several years, the young man battled with drug abuse. It took a lot from his family to pull him out of it. In 1985, he succumbed to their persuasion of getting checked into the Betty Ford Center, California, but it lasted for a brief moment.

The next year, he decided that it was time to reclaim his life, and Andy entered another facility in Santa Barbara, achieving a huge success. However, he had been reckless with his health and finances, all of which cost him a peaceful reality later on.

Andy was in debt, following his lavish lifestyle and excessive spending on drugs, but he was saved by his brothers, who sent him allowances weekly and catered for his other needs.

After staying clean, he became a cheerful man who attended charity and tried to right his wrong. However, two days after he clocked 30, the singer complained about chest pain; he was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

72-hours later, he was confirmed dead after suffering from myocarditis, an inflamed heart, which could have resulted from his past addiction to cocaine. This news was devastating to all, but his ex-wife admitted that with his lifestyle, she already anticipated that he might suffer such health issues.

Despite Andy Gibb’s early mistakes, after his death, many remembered him for his impeccable music, kindness, charming nature, and most importantly, how he sacrificed himself to please others but could not help himself.

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