This year is turning out to be a sad one for music fans with the deaths of icons like Whitney Houston, Adam Yauch and now Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb. The talented musician passed away Sunday "following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery," according to his website.
The news came right ahead of the 2012 Billboard Music Awards and the show managed to throw in a quick tribute during the show. However, the show wasn't the only way celebs remembered the fallen singer: Many took to Twitter to express their sadness over his death.
Canadian rocker Bryan Adams expressed a common feeling with his tweet. "Robin Gibb RIP. Very sad to hear about yet another great singer dying too young," he wrote.
The Voice host Carson Daly agreed with Adams, tweeting that cancer is taking away too many talented people. "Sad to hear about Robin Gibb. Cancer is robbing us of our loved ones way too often. We gotta beat this thing," he wrote.
Australian singer and television host Dannii Minogue expressed her sadness through lyrics to one of the Bee Gees' most famous songs.
"We start believin' now that we can be who we are - Grease is the word… RIP Robin Gibb," she wrote.
Victorious star Victoria Justice wrote about Gibbs' death, but she had to explain who he was to her younger fans.
"So sad 2 hear Robin Gibb (1 of the BeeGees) has passed. 'How Deep Is Your Love' will always b 1 of my favorite songs."
Cyclist Lance Armstrong knows what cancer can do to a person. "RIP Robin Gibb. Continues to sadden me to see cancer take our loved ones. Gotta put a stop to it," he tweeted.
Comedian Jeffrey Ross went the douchey route for his tweet about Gibbs.
"Bee Gee Robin Gibb passed away last night from Saturday Night Fever. #roastinpeace," he tweeted.
Jordin Sparks remembered Gibb at the Billboard Music Awards as a kind man who helped mentor her during her time on American Idol.
"Oh no!" Jordin Sparks said, according to MTV News. "I thought he was doing better. Barry Gibb [Robin's brother and fellow Bee Gee], when I was on [American] Idol, he was one of our mentors, and it was so amazing to meet him. I actually discovered my love for Bee Gees music through that week, and 'Too Much Heaven' and 'Emotions' are two of my favorite songs, and 'Stayin' Alive,' of course. Classic. But it's so sad."
Justin Bieber put his swag away long enough to express some grown-up sadness over the loss of Gibb.
"I definitely listened to the Bee Gees," Bieber told MTV News. "I'm not too familiar with them, but it's definitely sad what happened. My heart goes out to him and his family."
Superstar Carrie Underwood remembered listening to the Bee Gees with her parents.
"They were very influential on music in general, and it's very sad to hear about any loss. There have been a lot of legends lost this year, so it's always sad to see it happen, but they are paying a couple of tributes here [at the Billboard Music Awards], and I know that they'll be classy and respectful and allow us all to remember them," she said.
Gavin DeGraw remembered Gibb for his contributions to songwriting.
"Let's talk about the Bee Gees. That's an iconic group. Not just a great band, but a great group of songwriters," DeGraw said during the Billboard Music Awards. "Even long after the Bee Gees' success on the pop charts, they were still writing songs for other people, huge hit songs. Their talent went far beyond their moment of normal pop success. It is a loss to the music industry and a loss of an iconic group. The beauty of this industry is that we do pay tribute and every artist coming up is a fan of a generation prior to it, so there's a real tradition element to it."
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