Harry Styles stepfather, Robin Twist, passed away this week after a long battle with cancer at the age of 57.
Twist, who married Styles mother Anne in June of 2013, was a staple to the family and a recognizable and loved part of the 1D fandom family. Harry served as both best man, and walked his mother down the aisle at the 2013 ceremony.
“Harry’s stepfather, Robin Twist, sadly passed away this week after a long battle with cancer. The family asks for privacy at this time,” – Styles rep, to PEOPLE
Twist was a long term member of the Styles family, stepping in and raising the clan since Harry was the age of 7. Robin has 2 children from a previous marriage, and was front and center along with the family to cheer Harry on when he first auditioned for X-Factor at the age of 16.
Harrys 1D family was quick to send condolences.
“Harry my heart really goes out to you such an extremely sad day for us all who knew Robin. What a kind, gentle and beautiful soul, a true rarity to find in today’s world. Sometimes they really do take the best of us far too soon. X,” Liam
Directioners, too, have been sharing their thoughts and memories of Robin, with the hashtag #RIPRobin. Some make reference to the family vibe that the 1D fandom is, feeling that we lose them along with the stars; others reference Robin’s happy, cheerful personality.
Earlier this month, Anne and Robin celebrated their 4 year wedding anniversary. Anne took to Twitter and Instagram to share thanks for all the well wishes.
Our deepest condolences go out to the Styles and Twist families. Please remember his influence in your lives, and know you carry that with you always.