Louis Tomlinson Loses Mother, Johannah Deakin, After 'Relatively Short' Battle With Leukemia, One Direction Fans Are Shocked

Inquisitr Staff

Louis Tomlinson, 24, from the London-based boy band One Direction, lost his mother, Johannah Deakin, on Wednesday after she battled leukemia for nearly a year. Deakin was diagnosed with an aggressive form of the blood and bone marrow cancer earlier this year that required continuous treatment, according to Us Weekly on Friday. Daniel Deakin, husband to Johannah Deakin and stepfather to Louis Tomlinson, shared in a statement on Friday that the Deakin family said "goodbye to Johannah in the early hours of Wednesday."

"It is with immeasurable sadness that Johannah Deakin's family said goodbye to Johannah in the early hours of Wednesday 7th December 2016."
"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 desired nothing more than for everyone around her to be happy and loving."

"She desired nothing more than for everyone around her to be happy and loving."

"He met Ernest and Doris and fell in love with them. Family is massively important to him so he was made up that he was not abroad and was able to meet them so soon after they were born."

The Irish Mirror reported that Louis Tomlinson plans to honor his late mother with a surprise performance on The X Factor this coming Saturday evening. Louis had been planning to perform on The X Factor final this Saturday and decided to go ahead with the performance, despite his mother's recent passing, because "it was his mother's dying wish he accepted the long-standing engagement." Fans worldwide took to Twitter on Friday with the hashtag #RIPJohannah to offer thoughts, prayers, and condolences to Louis Tomlinson and the Deakin family.

"No drama matters right now. Louis needs us and our prayers. Let's all try to give him our comfort and prayer for this."

"What makes it worse is that it came as such a shock. I didn't even know she was sick and now my hearts broken for her family."

"What makes it worse is that it came as such a shock. I didn't even know she was sick and now my hearts broken for her family."

Billboard announced back in October 2014 -- nearly five months before One Direction went on a planned hiatus -- that Louis Tomlinson was working with Simon Cowell to put together a girl band. Louis Tomlinson has also reportedly indicated that he would be interested in becoming a permanent X Factor judge, after serving as a guest judge in 2015 alongside show creator, Simon Cowell, saying he's "lucky enough to be working with Simon" on a few different projects.

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