A spokesperson for the Young family said they were wracked with grief.
A friend told The Sun, “Will’s relationship with Rupert had been difficult at times over the years, and they had both spoken out about the mental health issues that made them difficult.
“But there were hopes that he had reached a milestone and that they were a very loving family – and completely devastated by his death.”
Rupert was diagnosed with dysthymia – a depressive mood disorder – in 2005.
He has previously said he struggles to live in his famous brother’s shadow despite Will’s help in finding him a job on television.
Speaking in 2008, Rupert said: “I woke up one morning and turned on the television. There was William on Richard & Judy, giving the most incredible performance of one of his songs.
“I had spent the night before drinking with bums in a parking lot and cutting myself.
“It seemed strange to me that two genetically identical people could behave so differently.
“I realized that something had gone very wrong. But I didn’t know what or why, and neither did anyone else. “
Rupert said he entered and left the hospital more than ten times.
“I have seen the best doctors and psychiatrists in the country, but the mental health system here is overloaded… I have never been properly assessed.
“They just told me I was an addict and that was why I was like this,” he said in a 2008 interview with The Telegraph.
A spokesperson for Will confirmed this evening: “I can confirm that Will’s brother is very sadly passed away.
“We would like to ask for the confidentiality of Will and his family during this very difficult and sad time. “
Will previously said he went into “survival mode” to support his brother. However, as Rupert’s life settled down, he was then faced with the reality of becoming famous.
“I had always been the one sorting out my brother, and it was easier to do that than to watch me,” Will said.
“I thought I was fine… but I was afraid to go out and meet people. I was going crazy, reclusive pop star fashion.
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