Andy Gibb: Remembering the Disco Sensation 25 Years Later
(NEW YORK) — On March 10, 1988, disco sensation and teen idol Andy Gibb died of heart failure at the age of 30.
While he was the youngest brother in the Gibb family, Andy was never an actual “Bee Gee.”
He was best known for his No. 1 single “I Just Want to Be Your Everything,” written by Barry Gibb.
Andy had other hits including “(Love Is) Thicker than Water,” “Shadow Dancing,” “Time Is Time” and “Me (Without You).”
However through the years, he struggled with alcohol and drugs — and relationships.
In the early ’80s, Andy and actress Victoria Principal were in a tumultuous two-year relationship.
“I just fell apart and didn’t care about anything. I started to do cocaine around the clock — about $1,000 a day,” he told People magazine at the time.
His family supported him financially and emotionally, encouraging him to go to the Betty Ford clinic in 1985.
The Bee Gees later recorded “Wish You Were Here” in memory of Andy.
Maurice Gibb told Larry King in 2002 that their father, Hugh Gibb, “literally died when Andy died.”
It was a “guilt thing,” according to Robin Gibb, who told King that his father was “very bitter for three years” after Andy’s death. Hugh Gibb died in 1992.
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