Wednesday 18 September 2019

1D star Louis Tomlinson mourning death of mother from cancer at 43

Johannah Deakin, the mother of One Direction star Louis Tomlinson, has died
Johannah Deakin, the mother of One Direction star Louis Tomlinson, has died

The mother of One Direction star Louis Tomlinson has died aged 43, her family have confirmed.

Johannah Deakin died on Wednesday morning after suffering from leukaemia.

The mother-of-seven had been cared for at University College London hospital since May before being moved to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield for the last few weeks of her life.

In a statement issued by Tomlinson's representative, her family said: "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."

Her husband, Dan Deakin, paid tribute, calling her "incredibly selfless" and a "truly amazing mother".

As well as 24-year-old Tomlinson, she leaves behind six other children, Lottie, 18, Felicite, 16, and two sets of twins, Phoebe and Daisy, 12, and two-year-olds Ernest and Doris.

Mr Deakin said: "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."

Mr Deakin added: "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."

Tomlinson, who had been scheduled to make a surprise appearance on the X Factor this weekend, will still perform in memory of his mother, his management confirmed.

Felicite posted a heartbreak emoji on her Twitter account on Thursday night.

Stars from across the music industry sent messages of condolence to Tomlinson including singer Cheryl, who is in a relationship with his One Direction band mate, Liam Payne.

She wrote: "@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."

The Wanted's Nathan Sykes wrote: "Thoughts are with @Louis_Tomlinson today. Heartbreaking news."

Former Boyzone star Ronan Keating posted on Twitter: " My Heart goes out to Louis Tomlinson and his family at this time. Heartbreaking."

Ex-One Direction star Zayn Malik said Tomlinson's family were "in my prayers".

He posted on Twitter: " @Louis_Tomlinson love you bro! All of your family is in my prayers. proud of your strength and know your mum is too x."

In a 2012 interview, Tomlinson said he and his mother were "best friends".

She was born Johannah Poulston on March 25, 1973.

In 1991, aged 18, she and first husband Troy Austin welcomed the future pop singer into the world.

After the pair divorced when he was a toddler, she married Mark Tomlinson.

The couple had four children but split up as One Direction found X Factor fame.

Two years ago, she married Mr Deakin and gave birth to a second set of twins.

She became a grandmother for the first time in January when Tomlinson's son Freddie Reign was born to Los Angeles-based stylist Briana Jungwirth.

Liam Payne posted a moving statement to Tomlinson online, saying his "thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this incredibly sad time".

The One Direction star added: "Louis, I'm so sorry for you my brother.

"Just know I love you the same from a million miles away as I do right next to you.

"I'm always here for you through everything, as you have been for me.

"I can't begin to imagine what you are all going through.

"RIP Johannah, you are forever in my thoughts."

Around five weeks before her death in her final Instagram post, Mrs Deakin uploaded a photo of Tomlinson with the caption "my perfect boy".

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