Will Young has shared a touching tribute to his late twin brother Rupert after he admitted he “misses his best pal” one year on.
Last July, Rupert tragically fell form Westminster Bridge following his long battle with his mental health as well as his alcoholism and an addiction to painkillers.
The 42-year-old hitmaker took to his Instagram stories on Wednesday to share a sweet snap of his late brother as he played with puppies.
Surrounded by furry friends, the snap sees Rupert living in his element as he beamed down at the cheeky pups who clambered over his legs and fought for his attention.
The Pop Idol winner wrote atop of the picture: “I accept my grief and validate it. Miss my best pal and to anyone else grieving I hear you and I see you,” with two hands praying emojis followed by two heart emojis.
His brother died on July 30, 2020 just days after he has been admitted to Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital on July 28, where he had been spotted walking along the edge of a bridge.
St Pancras Coroner’s Court in north London was informed he had been admitted to hospital four times in the week leading up to his death, as he struggled with alcoholism and his mental health reached a new low.
An inquest heard how Rupert was trying to avoid homelessness and told hospital staff that he had tried to contact his father for a place to stay before he left the hospital without telling anyone.
Senior coroner Mary Hassell ruled his death as a suicide at a hearing in January, with the belief that Rupert had intended to take his own life.
After the conclusion of the inquest was announced, chart-topper Will admitted it had been a difficult time for him and his family.
He told reporters at the time: “Those working within the NHS do an amazing job under very difficult circumstances, and it’s never been more hard-pressed than at the moment, of course.
“However, my brother is someone who had, in the months and weeks before his death, been into hospital on countless times following suicide attempts.”
He continued: “It is my belief that is must, or should have, been obvious to all concerned that he was at high risk of suicide and should have been detained under the Mental Health Act for his own safety.
“Had this been done, he might still be alive today. I know we are not the only family in this situation and I pray that lessons are learned from this situation and that some of these deaths are prevented in the future.”
For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.
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