Robert Stigwood pictured in 1991

Robert Stigwood, mogul behind Bee Gees, dead at 81

Australian-born music mogul Robert Stigwood, who managed the Bee Gees at the height of their fame, has died aged 81, friends said on Tuesday. Edward Baran reports.

(REUTERS / SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE) – Australian-born music mogul Robert Stigwood has died aged 81, friends said Tuesday.

Stigwood is best known for managing the Bee Gees at the height of their fame.

He also guided Eric Clapton’s successful solo career while producing musicals for the stage

The announcement of his death was made on Facebook by Spencer Gibb, a son of Bee Gee Robin Gibb.

“I would like to share the sad news with you all, that my godfather, and the longtime manager of my family, Robert Stigwood, has passed away,” Gibb wrote.

Stigwood worked with a number of groundbreaking acts, both on the Broadway stage and on the pop charts, producing stage hits such as “Hair” and “Jesus Christ Superstar”.

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber took to Twitter to pay tribute saying “Farewell beloved Robert, the great showman who taught me so much.”