Grayson and Ethan Dolan are twin brothers. And over the last few years, the now 19-year-olds have gained a rather large fan following on YouTube.

Now best known as the “Dolan Twins,” the young men have embraced their celebrity status and have come to adore their growing fan base.

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Lol these didn’t last long

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However, after losing their father on Saturday, January 19, Ethan and Grayson found themselves taking to social media in an attempt to stop some of their biggest fans from showing up to their father’s funeral.

According to NBC, their father, Sean Dolan, passed away after a two-and-half-year long battle with cancer. He was just 50 years old and boasted as a “popular and well-loved teacher, principal, superintendent, and coach” in their home state of New Jersey.

Ethan told his over seven million followers on Twitter:

If you are a fan of Grayson and I we love you and appreciate you so much. The best way you could support us during this tough time is to NOT show up at our father’s wake or funeral. thank you guys and please please please respect my wish.

And his twin brother had a similar plea on his own social media platform, which also boasts more than seven million followers:

He wrote:

We want this ceremony to be an opportunity for the people who had a close connection with my Dad to say goodbye and pay their respects. We appreciate all of our fans so so much. Please respect My father Sean, Ethan, my family, and me send your love through social media only!

Your kind posts about my Dad have been heartwarming. Thank you all. Again, please do not show up to his wake, funeral, or any of his services.

As NBC reported, before their father’s funeral, hashtags like “SeanDolanMeetUpParty” and “seandolanfuneralparty” began popping up on Twitter, prompting the famous brothers to put a stop to them as quickly as possible.

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You will forever be my best friend. I miss you so fuckin much already Dad. I know that even though you’re not physically here with me on earth, that you are with me in spirit. You are responsible for making me the person that I am so proud to be today. All of the lessons that you’ve taught me have stuck with me and I will use them moving onward for the rest of my life. You are and forever will be my favorite person that I will ever know. You went always above and beyond for me. You never missed a sporting event, school event, show on tour, anything that ever meant anything to me you were always there to support me. Even when you were too sick to get up, you figured out a way to comfort me and help me with anything I needed. You never left my corner. When I was sick in the hospital after I was just born you sat in the room with a hand on me talking to me until I got better. I will always remember that and that is one of the most special things anyone has ever done for me. You’ve changed the lives of so many people for the better. All of your students, teachers, friends, and family will never forget how great of a man you were, and how special you made them feel. You raised me into a man for the past 19 years, but I can honestly say that I’ve learned the most from you in the past 2 1/2. Two and a half years ago you were diagnosed with this bullshit and you never let it fade you. Not once did I hear you complain about your condition. You held your head as high as you physically could and fought on and on until you won that fucking battle. When the doctors said you only had a year to live after being diagnosed, you push and battled for 2 and 1/2 years! Last week when the doctor told us you had less than a week to live you stood your ground and stayed with us for a week and an extra day. That alone shows the type of man you were, a fighter. You never let cancer fade you Dad, it may have taken your body, but your heart, your mind, and your soul came out victorious. Congratulations Dad. You won. Look down and see your reward. The lives you’ve changed and people you’ve impacted so deeply. You’re the man. I love you Dad.

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Dad, you were so much more to me than just my Dad. Although we were only granted 19 years here together it feels like we’ve spent a million lifetimes together. You are such a strong soul and you’ve made such a strong impact on more people than you would believe. I know you will always be with me but I want you to know that I will always be with you. You’re never alone Dad. You are the toughest man that I will EVER know. The pain you endured, physical and emotional, throughout your entire journey that you prevailed through is indescribable and I admire you so much for pushing through without a single complaint. You are the strongest man I will EVER know. The sacrifices you made for your family throughout your journey could not be done without prodigious courage. You always put others first even if it meant the worst for yourself. You are the sweetest most caring man I will EVER know. The consideration you had for everyone and anyone is truly heartwarming. You were a father figure and friend to all of my friends too. I could go on for eternity, I really could. When you were very sick you told us, “This disease may get my body, but not my mind and not my heart. As long as my heart is beating I will still be fighting.” That is exactly what you did Dad. That is something I will always remember when faced with adversity. You fought the hardest fight. Cancer may have taken your life but with the strength and dignity you showed, and the inspiration you left us with, you won the battle Dad. I wanted to share this letter I wrote my dad so that I could help you understand the amazing person he was. He did so much good for the world and deserves recognition.

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Many of their followers publicly apologized on behalf of others:

sorry that you had to say this, we all love you and have your back, you know this

Literally shows how disrespectful and ignorant people can be just to get attention, the twins need time with their family and this matter should not be thought of as a meet and greet, some people really shouldn’t call them selves fans

you shouldn’t have to ask for this

i love you Ethan. it’s so sad that you even have to say this

It’s moments like this that show the world that while they may not have the most normal lives, celebrities are people too and deserve the same amount of respect, especially in times like these.

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