Man Sparks Debate after Asking If He Should Notify His Estranged Half-Brother When Dad Passes Away

A man sparked a heated debate on Reddit after asking the users whether he should tell his half-brother about the death of their father or not.

A Reddit user named "u/AITAtaway1" sparked a heated debate online after he shared his story of how he does not want his estranged step-brother to know about their father's death.

According to the user, his mother had a 7-year-old son from her previous marriage before she married his father and had him. 

A woman in a cemetery. | Source: Pexels

A woman in a cemetery. | Source: Pexels

THEIR ESTRANGED MOTHER

After a year of marriage, his parents got divorced. His mother left him and his step-brother with his dad. 

Years passed and the dad took care of both his sons. However, the older one became a drug addict by the age of 13. 

As the user's older brother struggled with addiction, their father did everything he could to help him. From paying for his rehab to watching out for him when he got in trouble, their father was there for him no matter what. 

An array of drugs. | Source: Pexels

An array of drugs. | Source: Pexels

THE STEP-BROTHER LEFT

Eventually, the user's step-brother left and became estranged with his family. After 6 years, he came back home to let his family know that he was clean and was planning to live with his mother far away from the states.

It was heartbreaking for the man's father to see him leave after all he had done for him. 

The user's father got seriously sick one day, By that time, it had already been 10 years since his step-son left.

A man carrying a suitcase. | Source: Pexels

A man carrying a suitcase. | Source: Pexels

REDDITORS REACT

After his death, the user contemplated whether he should tell his step-brother about it. When he shared his story including the dilemma he was facing.

Other Reddit users swarmed the comment section to debate over the matter.

A Redditor named "PartyCat78" took the OP's side, suggesting that the user should respect his father's wishes. 

A user's comment on the Redditor's post. | Source: Reddit/AmItheAsshole

A user's comment on the Redditor's post. | Source: Reddit/AmItheAsshole

Another user named "NoIDoNotHave3Legs" agreed that he shouldn't tell his step-brother about his father's death.

A user's comment on the Redditor's post. | Source: Reddit/AmItheAsshole

A user's comment on the Redditor's post. | Source: Reddit/AmItheAsshole

Some fans thought that he should go ahead and inform his step-brother about their father's death. 

A user named "oklutz" opined that maybe the Op's father did not tell him the whole truth.

A user's comment on the Redditor's post. | Source: Reddit/AmItheAsshole

A user's comment on the Redditor's post. | Source: Reddit/AmItheAsshole

Another user named "Bubbilility" shared their own story of how they regret not having a chance to see their dad before he died. 

A user's comment on the Redditor's post. | Source: Reddit/AmItheAsshole

A user's comment on the Redditor's post. | Source: Reddit/AmItheAsshole

Here's another story of how a man sparked debate on Reddit after he shared his story of how he kept his father's love child a secret.

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