RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- Pop star Andy Gibb, the younger brother of the famed Bee Gees, has entered a rehabilitation center to overcome a cocaine habit, his publicist announced Thursday.
Spokesman Michael Sterling said Gibb, 27, voluntarily entered the Betty Ford Center at the Eisenhower Medical Center last month and was scheduled to be released in May.
'Andy felt he was not able, alone, to overcome his ongoing usage of cocaine without the aid of such a center that offered a regimented, complete and thorough program in drug rehabilitation,' Sterling said.
A variety of celebrities, including Elizabeth Taylor, Mary Tyler Moore, Johnny Cash, Tony Curtis and the late Peter Lawford, have been treated for drug or alcohol addiction at the center, named after the former first lady, who was once addicted to alcohol and pills.
'Andy is making extraordinary progress at the center, has become ardently involved in its program and will continue an additional maintenance program upon the completion of his counseling,' Sterling said.
Following the success of his brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice, Gibb launched a singing career in 1977 and has a variety of hits, including, 'Shadow Dancing,' 'I Just Want To Be Your Everything' and '(Love Is) Thicker Than Water.' He was twice nominated for Grammys.
In addition to recording, Gibb once hosted the syndicated television show 'Solid Gold' and has appeared on Broadway in 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.'
Last August, Gibb was found unconsious in his New York City hotel room. His spokesman said the singer was suffering from exhaustion.