The sad news has emerged today that Louis Tomlinson’s mum, Johannah Deakin, died at the age of 42 on Wednesday morning.
In a statement released today, her husband Dan confirmed that Johannah passes away on Wednesday morning after what appears to have been a relatively short illness.
The statement 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.”
Johannah’s illness was unknown to the public until now, and One Direction fans worldwide are sharing their shock over the news on social media. Thousands of tweets of support have already been sent to Louis, who became a dad himself for the first time earlier this year. Former bandmate Zayn, who hasn’t tweeted Louis in over two years, ones one of the first to reach out to show his support. Liam Payne’s girlfriend, Cheryl, was also quick to tweet out her support.
@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
— ℒarry's daughter🌹🔪 (@DiamondLarrie28) December 9, 2016
I'm shocked. So sad to think about the 7 kids that are now left without their mother. Hug your family #RIPJohannah
— Emma Karlsson (@emamzzz) December 9, 2016
— Directioner Boy 🎶 (@thatboyfan) December 9, 2016
— Freddie Reign Tommo (@FreddieUpdates_) December 9, 2016
Johannah, who worked as as a midwife leaves behind seven children in total – including 24-year-old Louis and 18-year-old Lottie – as well as her first grandchild Freddie.
Rumours are now circulating the internet that Louis will perform on X-Factor on Saturday night, as tribute to his mum. According to The Sun, Louis has decided to go ahead with his performance on the X Factor final on Saturday as it was his mother’s dying wish he accepted the long-standing engagement.
— Simone Tomlinson (@simonepuggaard) December 9, 2016
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