Will Young brother Rupert

Will Young's twin brother Rupert dies aged 41 

Rupert's cause of death is yet to be confirmed

Emmy Griffiths

A representative for Will Young has confirmed that his twin brother, Rupert, has tragically passed away aged 41. In a statement to The Sun, he said: "I can confirm that Will’s brother has very sadly passed away. We would like to request privacy for Will and his family during this very difficult and sad time." 

READ: Will Young opens up about struggle with depression

The cause of death has not yet been confirmed, and tributes have poured in for Rupert, with one person tweeting: "So sad, rest in peace," while another added: "Devastated to hear this. Poor family. Let's hope they are left alone to grieve. Sending love to the whole family at this tragic time." 

rupert-young

Rupert has passed away aged 41 

The Evergreen singer has previously opened up about his brother in interviews, and once explained how being separated at a young age left him with PTSD, which eventually led to him dropping out of Strictly Come Dancing. Chatting on Bryony Gordon's Mad World podcast, he explained: "Now, with twins, they'll wrap them up together, but then they didn't. It was pretty heavy. We came to life together and then got pneumonia and was very ill."

will-young-rupert-6

Rupert's cause of death has not been confirmed

Speaking about leaving Strictly because of his PTSD, he continued: "I was really ill. I was dragging myself to rehearsals. I just couldn't do it anymore. It was so bad I thought - I'm not joking - I thought about breaking my leg."

READ: Everyone who has quit Strictly Come Dancing - and why

He has also previously spoken about Rupert's struggle with alcoholism and depression, explaining: "There was a moment I remember, when I had to go to some awards thing. I had an album out, I was in a film and I was having a great time professionally. I had to drive past the train station, and I knew that he’d been there for a day, just drinking. But I knew I had to leave him alone. That was tough, of course it was, but you have to get on. And in that respect being so involved in work was a great thing." 

Activate HELLO! alerts and find out about everything before anyone else.