Karen Mizoguchi
June 22, 2017 02:20 PM

Harry Styles‘ stepfather, Robin Twist, has died. 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,” a rep for Styles, 23, tells PEOPLE in a statement.

Twist married Harry’s mother, Anne Cox, in June 2013. The One Direction member served as the best man at the wedding and even walked Anne down the aisle during the ceremony at the town of Congleton in Cheshire, England.

Anne Twist/Twitter

Earlier this month, Anne celebrated their four-year wedding anniversary on Instagram writing, “Thank you for all the anniversary wishes.”

Twist, who is the father of Mike, 31, and Amy from previous relationships, helped raise the Dunkirk actor since he was 7 years old after Anne split from the singer’s father, Des Styles.

Styles’ One Direction bandmates soon expressed their condolences. “Devastated to hear the news about Robin. He was such a lovely, kind and funny guy. Sending all my love to the whole family,” Louis Tomlinson, who lost his own mother late last year, Tweeted. “You’ll be missed mate.” Added Liam Payne, “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.”

“Very sad to hear about the loss of Robin,” Niall Horan wrote. “For those who had the pleasure of knowing Robin will know that he was the nicest, kindest, most generous , hilariously funny guy you’ll have met. He always had a smile on his face even when he was battling the terrible illness. Love ya H. Please give your mum and the rest of the family a massive hug from my family.”

Thank you for all the anniversary wishes. ❤️

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Twist’s ex-wife Erica Jane Morgan shared a since-deleted photo of the former couple on Facebook, and received condolences in the picture’s comment section. Morgan thanked them and commented with a broken heart emoji.

  • Reporting by MELODY CHIU

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