Harry Styles.Picture: Supplied

One Direction have paid their respects to Harry Styles’ late stepfather.

Robin Twist - who married the 23-year-old singer’s mother Anne Cox in 2013 - passed away earlier this week aged 57 after losing his battle with cancer.

Harry’s band mates have taken to social media to post their well wishes.

Liam Payne, 23, posted a photo on his Instagram account of Robin and Anne, as he said his passing marked an “extremely sad day” for those who knew him.

He wrote: “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 (sic)”

Niall Horan, also 23, shared the same photo on his Instagram account in black and white, and wrote: “very sad to hear about the loss of Robin . 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 . (sic)”

Whilst 25-year-old Louis Tomlinson took to Twitter to offer his condolences after hearing the sad news.

He tweeted:  

As of yet, former One Direction member Zayn Malik - who left the band to pursue a solo career in 2015 prior to their hiatus later the same year - has yet to publicly comment on the news via his social media channels.

A spokesperson for the ‘Sign of the Times’ hitmaker confirmed the tragic news on Thursday, June 22.
They said: "Harry's stepfather, Robin Twist, sadly passed away this week after a long battle with cancer. The family asks for privacy at this time."

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