Louis Tomlinson’s mom, Johannah Deakin, has died at the age of 42. It has been reported Deakin lost her battle with cancer earlier this week. Tributes have already started to flood in from around the world, with social media ablaze with messages of support from celebrities and fans alike.
Leading the pack were Louis’ One Direction band mates Liam Payne and Zayne Malik, who were among the first to offer their condolences on social media. Payne shared a touching message on Instagram offering his support for Louis and his family.
“Louis, I’m so sorry for you my brother my heart aches for you, 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. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this incredibly sad time I can’t begin to imagine what you are all going through. Rip Johanna you are forever in my thoughts.”
Zayne Malik also reached out to Tomlinson, tweeting a message of support earlier today.
@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
Steve Aoki was quick to show his support, tweeting for fans to “send love and strength to Tomlinson and his family.”
Everyone send love and strength to @Louis_Tomlinson and his family. So so sorry my brother. We're all here for u.— Steve Aoki (@steveaoki) December 9, 2016
Selena Gomez, who has previously been linked to Tomlinson’s band mate, Niall Horan, also shared her condolences via Twitter.
It has been reported that Deakin, who had been battling Leukemia, passed away early on Wednesday morning. Deakin was diagnosed with the aggressive cancer earlier this year and had been hospitalized while receiving treatment since May. The family released a statement Friday morning confirming the death.
“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.”
While Louis and his sister, Lottie, 18, have yet to make statements regarding the death, Lottie posted an image of a broken heart to her Instagram account on Wednesday.
In the family statement, Deakin’s husband Dan spoke of his wife’s character and charitable nature.
“(Johannah was) 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.”
Deakin, who was often featured in Tomlinson’s social media posts, was well known to fans of One Direction who have expressed their sympathy and support in droves. Tomlinson’s last Instagram post featured Deakin, with the caption “My mother looking gorgeous before the Brits earlier this year. I love you and miss you so much!”
In addition to Louis, Deakin was the mother of six other children. Younger sisters Lottie and Felicite, as well as two sets of twins, Phoebe and Daisy and Ernest and Dorris.
It has been reported that Deakin was looking forward to seeing Louis’ appearance on The X Factor this weekend. Tomlinson’s management team has reported that the singer plans to go through with the scheduled performance.
The X Factor judges also sent their support to Tomlinson, with Cheryl Cole tweeting “My heart breaks for you. I am so sorry.”
Simon Cowell, who has been credited with discovering One Direction and rocketing Tomlinson and his band mates to stardom, also shared words of support.
Heartbroken for you @Louis_Tomlinson. Your mum Jay was an incredible person. Sending you all my love— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) December 9, 2016
While Tomlinson has understandably remained silent on the topic, his management team have confirmed he will dedicate his performance on The X Factor to his mother.
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