Will Young’s twin brother, Rupert, has died at the age of 41.
A spokeswoman for the singer confirmed the news, saying: “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.”
Rupert had spoken openly about his mental health and alcoholism, and was diagnosed with dysthymia – a depressive mood disorder – in 2005.
Rupert set up the Mood Foundation, a charity that built a national database of private therapists who offered free, one-to-one treatment to anyone over 18 diagnosed with depression or anxiety.
He said at the time: "My aim is to help people suffering from depressive conditions who are being prevented from recovery because they cannot afford the correct treatment or they do not meet the correct ‘threshold’ to access the appropriate services.
"One sufferer affects the lives of everyone around them."
Will, who shot to fame after winning Pop Idol in 2002, had previously opened up about his brother’s personal struggles.
He said: ”It was the family stepping away that actually got him better.
“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.
“Me, my parents, my older sister, everyone. We all just had to walk away. We had to leave him.”
Useful websites and helplines
Mind, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393.
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- If you need help with a drinking problem, call the Alcoholics Anonymous national helpline for free on 0800 9177 650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- Find alcohol addiction services near you using this NHS tool.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.