Will Young’s twin brother Rupert dies aged 41

Lawrence Kim
August 5, 2020

The singer had spoken in the past about his sibling's mental health issues and battles with alcohol.

A source close to his family told The Sun everyone has been left devastated by the loss.

A spokesperson for the British singer confirmed the tragic loss of his sibling, requesting privacy for the family "during this very hard and sad time".

"There were hopes he had turned a corner and they are a very loving family - and utterly devastated by his passing".

Following the diagnosis, he would add in 2008: "I was in and out of hospital more than 10 times".

He added there was a moment he knew his brother had been drinking at a train station. "We had to leave him". That was tough, of course it was, but you have to get on.

Before the organisation was formed, Will too opened up in the same year, explaining "it's very tough having a family member who is an addict". But when you're dealing with that you eventually have to just stop and look after yourself.

Rupert Young, Will Young's twin brother, has died aged 41.

He said it was "tough" but he had to "get on" and being so involved in his work was a "great thing". "It was very tricky".

His battle was well documented with both Will - who won the inaugural season of United Kingdom show 'Pop Idol' in 2002 and appeared on 'Strictly Come Dancing' - and Rupert exposing the severity of his condition.

Speaking in 2008, Rupert said: "I woke up one morning and turned on the TV".

"There was William on Richard & Judy, giving the most wonderful performance of one of his songs".

Though he lived life mostly away from the spotlight, he had talked candidly about his struggles with mental ill-health and in 2008 set up The Mood Foundation, a database of psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and alternate therapists who offered free one-on-one treatment to those with depression or anxiety.

In an interview in 2008, Rupert talked about how he had watched his brother on a TV chat show, the day after he had spent the night in a auto park self-harming.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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