Fans have flooded Harry Styles with messages of condolence after a spokesperson for the singer confirmed the death of his stepfather, Robin Twist, People reports. The 57-year-old Twist, who had two children from a previous relationship, was married to Styles' mother, Anne Cox Twist.
"Harry’s stepfather, Robin Twist, sadly passed away this week after a long battle with cancer," read a statement from Styles' team. "The family asks for privacy at this time."
No other details about the death were made public.
Styles and his stepfather appear to have been especially close. The 23-year-old "Sign of the Times" singer acted as best man when Twist married his mother in 2013 after years of dating. The longtime couple celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary earlier this month, according to an Instagram post shared by Anne on June 2.
Just as they did when Styles' One Direction bandmate Louis Tomlinson's mother Johannah died from leukaemia late last year, fans rushed to offer their support on Twitter. #RIPRobin is now trending.
Many of the tweets featured family photos showing the close bond between Twist and Harry, as well as his sister, Gemma.
One Directioner Liam Payne, meanwhile, is getting a hard time from fans who found this morning's promotional tweet about behind-the-scenes footage from his new "Strip That Down" video to be in bad taste.
"Um... not right now, mate," one fan responded. "A little upset about Robin. I'm going to assume this is your PR team, not you."
"Not the right time," added another commenter. "I hope this is not Liam who tweets, or maybe he's oblivious about Robin."
Indeed, bad timing.