Barry Gibb responded to the deaths of his Bee Gees bandmates with sadness and regret, lamenting the distance that had come between them. As of 2015, Gibb is the last surviving member of the Bee Gees, the band that once also included his brothers Robin, Maurice and Andy.
In a 2013 interview with the Daily Mail, Gibb admitted that he lapsed into a deep depression in 2012 after his brother Robin died from cancer. Gibbﾒs brother Maurice died in 2003, while youngest brother Andy died in 1988. Gibb was distressed not just by his brotherﾒs deaths, but by the fact that they had drifted apart in the years following the bandﾒs breakup.
Gibb stated that he and his brother Robin drifted even further apart after the 2003 death of their brother Maurice, feeling like they werenﾒt the Bee Gees without him. Gibb claimed that he was unable to connect with Robin in the years preceding Robinﾒs 2012 death, comparing the rift to the distance between John Lennon and Paul McCartney following the breakup of the Beatles.
Gibb said that he particularly regretted not being able to say goodbye to his brothers before they died, and was unable to form friendships with them at the ends of their lives. He saw Robin briefly before his death, but did not see brothers Maurice or Andy before they passed away.