Maurice (pronounced Morris) Gibb, one third of the ’70s hit-making machine The Bee Gees, died yesterday in Miami Beach, Fla. of complications related to the removal of severe intestinal blockage performed by doctors late last week, the Associated Press reported yesterday.

With brothers Robin and Barry, singer/bassist Gibb came to fame with its trademark Beatlesque melodies and keening harmonies, making the band one of the most successful groups of the disco era and earning them a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was 53 years old and is survived by his wife and two daughters.

– Scott Serilla

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