After a long battle with cancer, Harry Styles’ stepfather, Robin Twist, has passed away. A rep for Styles, who is a member of the band One Direction, confirmed to People Magazine earlier today, adding “The family asks for privacy at this time.”
Styles had a good relationship with his stepfather, who married his mother, Anne Cox, in June 2013. Styles showed his approval of the match by serving as his stepfather’s best man and walking his mother down the aisle. The couple just celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary less than three weeks ago.
Twist had been in Styles’ life since he was only seven-years-old when his mother split from Styles’ father, and he has supported Styles’ musical aspirations since the beginning.
Fans of One Direction took to Twitter today on #riprobin to express their condolences.
Styles’ loss comes six months after the death of Johanna Deakin, the mother of another bandmate, Louis Tomlinson. Fans also continue to mourn Tomlinson’s loss.