We are deeply saddened to report that Louis Tomlinson's mom, Johannah Deakin, has passed away at 42 years old. Johannah had been battling leukemia.
"It is with immeasurable sadness that Johannah Deakin’s family said goodbye to Johannah in the early hours of Wednesday 7th December 2016," a statement released today by her family said. "Earlier this year Johannah was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of leukemia that required immediate and continuous treatment. We respectfully request that the family are given time and space to grieve in private."
This is truly a tragedy for Louis and his six siblings, and for his entire family. It has been said that Louis is expected to make his solo performance debut on the X Factor finale this upcoming weekend, and he is still expected to hit the stage in honor of his mom.
Johannah's husband, Dan, also shared an emotional statement:
"Johannah was first and foremost a truly amazing mother to seven children – Louis, Lottie, Félicité, and two sets of twins, Phoebe and Daisy and Ernest and Doris – 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," Dan said. "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 hospitalized since May. And during the last few weeks Professor John Snowden and his colleagues at Royal Hallamshire Hospital Sheffield."
Louis' former One Direction bandmate Zayn Malik took to Twitter to share his kind words to Louis.
@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 love you bro! All of your family is in my prayers. proud of your strength and know your mum is too x
Liam Payne wrote a emotional note to his longtime friend, letting Louis know just how much love he has for his bandmate.
@Louis_Tomlinson pic.twitter.com/Ys4SpN49hN— Liam (@LiamPayne) December 9, 2016
Niall Horan just wanted to send some love.
Very sad news . Louis I love you mate and I'm / all of us are here for you all the way . You're mum was an incredible person .— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) December 9, 2016
Very sad news . Louis I love you mate and I'm / all of us are here for you all the way . You're mum was an incredible person .
Thinking of you and your family .love from my family to yours..— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) December 9, 2016
Thinking of you and your family .love from my family to yours..
And Simon Cowell shared a sweet message on Twitter as well.
Heartbroken for you @Louis_Tomlinson. Your mum Jay was an incredible person. Sending you all my love— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) December 9, 2016
Heartbroken for you @Louis_Tomlinson. Your mum Jay was an incredible person. Sending you all my love
Louis has since broken his silence, sending out a short yet sweet tweet to his fans, simply thanking them for the outpouring of love he has received. He confirmed that he will indeed still bit hitting the stage for his scheduled performance too.
All the support has been incredible! Let's do this together tonight .— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) December 10, 2016
All the support has been incredible! Let's do this together tonight .
Our hearts go out to Louis and his family during this difficult time.
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