Harry Styles is mourning the loss of his stepfather, Robin Twist. He was 57.
“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 said to People in a statement.
Twist married Anne Cox, Harry’s mom, in June 2013. Styles was not only the best man at the wedding in Congleton, a town in Cheshire, England, he also gave his mother away.
Cox shared a picture of her and Twist on Instagram to commemorate their four-year anniversary earlier this month, captioning it, “Thank you for all the anniversary wishes.”
Twist was an important figure in Styles’ life. He helped raise the former One Direction member since he was seven years old, following Cox’s split from Des Styles, Harry’s biological father.
Styles’ former One Direction band member, Liam Payne, remembered Twist with an Instagram post on Thursday. Payne called Twist a kind, gentle and beautiful soul in the caption of the photo:
Louis Tomlinson also sent his love to Styles and his family with a tweet: “He was such a lovely, kind and funny guy.”