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As word began to spread that his grandfather had recently passed away, Directioners from around the globe began tweeting their condolences, subsequently making #RIPGrandpaPayne and #StayStrongLiam trending hashtags on Twitter.
"Thanks for everyone's support at this hard time obviously this has been a tough few weeks for me I've never been through anything like this," Payne tweeted on Wednesday. "And your support means the world so thanks guys night x."
Meanwhile, on a more upbeat note, it was announced on Wednesday that One Direction would be holding a worldwide event called "1D Day" on Nov. 23.