Dolan Twins Urge Fans Not to Turn Up at Their Dad's Funeral
Security will be at the funeral parlor during the wake for Sean Dolan, the father of YouTubers Ethan and Grayson Dolan.
Ethan and Grayson Dolan have urged fans not to turn up at their father's funeral after some social media accounts apparently encouraged fans to attend.
On Tuesday, the 19-year-old YouTubers, better known as the Dolan Twins, returned to Twitter for the first time since announcing the passing of their father, Sean, on Saturday.
"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," Grayson tweeted. "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!"
In a second tweet, he added, "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."
Ethan also sent a message to fans.
"If you are a fan of Grayson and I we love you and appreciate you so much," he wrote. "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."
Two police officers and private security will be at the funeral parlor at the time of the wake, parlor staff told Patch.
Sean Dolan, a school principal, coach and children's book author, was diagnosed with cancer in 2016. He passed away in his New Jersey home on Jan. 19, aged 50.
"Sean was a popular and well-loved teacher, principal, superintendent, and coach in many school districts," his obituary reads. "Each student took a lot from his visitations and left Sean with a huge smile on his face."
On Saturday, the twins shared their heartbreak on Instagram.
"You will forever be my best friend," Grayson wrote. "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."
"Dad, you were so much more to me than just my Dad," Ethan wrote. "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."
After they shared the news, posts that apparently detailed plans for attending the funeral appeared on social media.
"I am buying a plane ticket to new jersey," one post read, "the twins need our support ... if you are going to the funeral please dm me and we can meet up and go together."
The post laid out a plan to meet at a McDonald's before the funeral, where fans hoped to "hug the twins" and take photos. The Instagram account that shared the plans has since been deleted.
Other Twitter users have apparently been encouraging others to attend the funeral under the hashtags "SeanDolanMeetUpParty" and "seandolanfuneralparty," although the tweets appear to be the work of trolls rather than fans.
The twins, who are from New Jersey, started posting comedy videos to Vine in 2013.
They now have nearly nine million YouTube subscribers on their channel, Dolan Twins, and a combined 17.5 million followers on Instagram.
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