Louis Tomlinson's mother, Johannah Poulston Deakin, has passed away following a battle with leukemia at the young age of 43.
According to reports, Johannah's husband Dan confirmed the news:
"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."
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The statement continued:
"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."
On the day of Johannah's passing, Louis' sister Félicité tweeted:
And Louis' fellow One Direction bandmate Liam Payne's girlfriend, Cheryl, has already reached out via social media to share her condolences:
People reports the 24-year-old will still continue with his scheduled appearance on The X Factor on Saturday in his mother's honor.
We're sending light and love to Louis and his family during this incredibly difficult time.
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