Louis Tomlinson's Mom Dies: One Direction Members Lead Online Tributes

James Hanlon

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."

"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!"

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.

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