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9 December 2016, 13:22 | Updated: 9 December 2016, 17:09
Johannah Deakin’s husband confirmed the news that the singer’s mother passed away this week.
Louis Tomlinson’s mother, Johannah Deakin, has passed away following a battle with leukaemia, it was confirmed today.
The star’s mother was just 43 years old and the news was confirmed by her husband Dan in a statement which read, “It is with immeasurable sadness that Johannah Deakin’s family said goodbye to Johannah in the early hours of Wednesday 7th December 2016. Earlier this year Johannah was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of leukaemia that required immediate and continuous treatment. We respectfully request that the family are given time and space to grieve in private.
“Johannah was first and foremost a truly amazing mother to seven children – Louis (24), Lottie (18), Félicité (16), and two sets of twins, Phoebe and Daisy (12) and Ernest and Doris (2) – whose individual talents and success are testament to the principles and beliefs she instilled in them. She was also an incredibly proud grandmother to Freddie.
“Incredibly selfless, she would always look to put other people before herself. She desired nothing more than for everyone around her to be happy and loving. She worked tirelessly on numerous charity campaigns, creating memories for many individuals and their families. It wasn’t uncommon for Johannah to hear through the media of an individual in need of assistance, and she would immediately make it her objective to get that person what they often desperately needed, and rarely without success.
“These are the things that made Johannah happy and content in life, and all of which for me made her simply the perfect wife and best friend to face each day with. I thoroughly loved walking through life with her, and though five years was far too short a time, during that time we had so many lifetimes worth of happiness, adventures, and memories.
“We would like to send our sincere thanks to Professor Steve Mackinnon and his team at University College London Hospital where Johannah was hospitalised since May. And during the last few weeks Professor John Snowden and his colleagues at Royal Hallamshire Hospital Sheffield.”
Six year old Louis & his mum pic.twitter.com/dS8o7I6w1P— Johannah Deakin (@JohannahDarling) January 4, 2016
Louis' sister Felicite posted a heartbreaking tweet before the news broke to the public:
— Félicité (@fizfizfiz) December 8, 2016
Louis' celebrity friends rallied around to pass on their condolences after the sad news broke:
@Louis_Tomlinson love you bro! All of your family is in my prayers. proud of your strength and know your mum is too x— zayn (@zaynmalik) December 9, 2016
@Louis_Tomlinson my heart breaks for you. I am so sorry. My thoughts are with you and your loved ones at this incredibly tragic time.— Cheryl (@CherylOfficial) December 9, 2016
Thoughts are with @Louis_Tomlinson today. Heartbreaking news.— Nathan Sykes (@NathanSykes) December 9, 2016
Heartbroken for you @Louis_Tomlinson. Your mum Jay was an incredible person. Sending you all my love— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) December 9, 2016
Johannah was a much-loved figure amongst One Direction's fans. She was born Johannah Poulston on 25th March 1973, and grew up in Doncaster in South Yorkshire.
Johannah worked as a midwife and previously as a TV assistant, and had seven children - Louis, Charlotte, Felicity, twins Phoebe and Daisy and twins Ernest and Doris and one grandchild, Louis' son Freddie Tomlinson.
Our thoughts are with Louis and his family at this heartbreaking time.