Sean Dolan, The Dolan Twins’ Dad, Dead: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Instagram/Grayson Dolan The Dolan Twins' father, Sean, pictured on Grayson's Instagram page.

The Dolan Twins’ dad, Sean, tragically passed away after his battle with cancer on January 19, according to Instagram posts from both, Ethan and Grayson. The YouTubers, revealed in a 2016 video titled, “You Are Not Alone,” that their father had been diagnosed with cancer. Sean Dolan is survived by his wife, Lisa, his twin sons, and their older sister, Cameron.

The twins first came to prominence in 2013 on Vine. Since the demise of that platform, the pair boast close to nine million subscribers on their YouTube channel. Grayson has 8.9 million followers on Instagram while Ethan has 8.7 million. They are natives of the Long Valley section of the Washington Township in Morris County, New Jersey.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Ethan Dolan Called His Father, ‘The Toughest Man I Will Ever Know’

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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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Ethan Dolan wrote in his page, “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.” Ethan also wrote, “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.” Ethan also called his father, “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.”

While on Twitter, Ethan wrote that he would be taking some time off saying, “Life feels like a nightmare, taking some time off to be with our family. I love you so much Dad. I’ll see you guys soon.”


2. Grayson Dolan Said the Family Learned Last Week That Their Father Was Close to the End

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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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Grayson Dolan posted, “You will forever be my best friend. 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.” Grayson also said that a week before his father’s death, the family learned that he had less than a week to live. Grayson wrote, “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.”

Grayson said on Twitter that the brothers would be taking some time off writing, “I can’t believe that today actually real. It doesn’t make sense. Ethan and I are going to be taking some time off and spending it with our family. I love you guys so much thank you so much for everything. I’ll be back soon♥️.”


3. Sean Dolan Described Himself as a ‘Cancer Warrior

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Facebook/Sean DolanSean Dolan pictured with UFC star Conor McGregor in 2017.

Sean Dolan was a high school principal in New Jersey. On his LinkedIn page, he calls himself a School Administrator in Long Valley. In May 2016, Ethan said that his father “always texts me “great video” after we upload haha he’s the man.” On his Facebook page, Sean introduces himself as a “Cancer Warrior – Writer-Poet-Lyricist-Devoted Son and Father-Loving Life.”

The Dolan’s mother, Lisa, is the owner at Bloom Morristown, a hair salon in New Jersey. On her bio on the salon’s website, Lisa says that she has 30 years experience as a hair stylist. Lisa describes her passions as hair and interior design and calls herself a platform artist. When asked about her prized possession, Lisa answers, “My family.”


4. Grayson Dolan Said in 2016 That His Father’s Diagnosis Made Him Appreciate Every Moment He Had With His Dad

When their father was first diagnosed with cancer, Grayson said in their video, “I never thought that someone close to me would, you know, get cancer, or have something as serious as this happen to them. But it did.” I just try to appreciate every moment that I’m with my dad and being with my family and being with my friends. It also made me really appreciate my health and realize how important it is to not take things like that for granted.” During the same clip, Ethan says, “Just take a deep breath. Go through that big stack of paper of terrible news and find the positives in it. Positives are everywhere. You might just have to look a little bit harder for them.”

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Flights cancelled-enjoying the sun in Savannah 🌞

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On November 26, Grayson tweeted, “My heart and love goes out to anyone who is or has been effected by cancer or any illness of that matter, mental or physical. Sending love and positive energy I hope you can feel it, really. ♥️.” He followed that up with a, “F*** cancer.”


5. The Dolan Twins’ Legions of Fans Have Taken to Social Media to Offer Their Condolences

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Facebook/Sean DolanSean Dolan pictured in September 2017.

The Dolan’s legions of fans have taken to Twitter en masse to offer their condolences and to celebrate Sean Dolan. Here are some of the most poignant tweets:

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