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Twisted Intestine Killed Gibb

Bee Gee laid to rest this week

January 17, 2003 12:00 AM ET

The Bee Gees' Maurice Gibb died after his small intestine and bowel had become twisted and restricted blood flow, according to an autopsy report.

The fifty-three-year-old Gibb collapsed January 9th at his home in Miami and was rushed to the hospital where he underwent emergency surgery for intestinal blockage. Just before surgery, the bassist/keyboardist suffered cardiac arrest. He died three days later.

According to the Miami-Dade County medical examiner, Gibb was likely born with a misshapen intestine, which over the years led to ischemic enteropathy, a series of kinks within the intestine that cause blockage. The condition is capable of causing cardiovascular problems.

Gibb's brothers and bandmates, Barry and Robin (his twin), have been vocal in questioning his treatment at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. The Gibb family has questioned the decision to continue with Gibb's operation after he went into cardiac arrest.

Gibb was laid to rest in a private ceremony on Wednesday in Miami. Two hundred family members and friends, including Michael Jackson, attended.

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