Posted on Fri Dec 9th, 2016 9:45am PDT By X17 Staff
In a sad turn of events, former One Direction member Louis Tomlinson's mom, Johannah Deakin, died on Wednesday, following a battle with leukemia. The pop star's mother was 42 years old and left behind seven children. Of course, the news comes as a shock to all -- and the Internet is pouring out with support.
Tomlinson had not gone public with her short and deadly illness, nor has he released a statement on the loss since the news hit. However, Deakin's husband, Dan Deakin, released a statement, saying. "Earlier this year, Johannah was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of leukemia that required immediate and continuous treatment. We respectfully request that the family are given time and space to grieve in private."
The widow continued, "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."
Simon Cowell, who discovered Tomlinson during season seven of The X Factor UK back in 2010, offered his condolences via social media, as did ex 1D member Zayn Malik.
@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
Heartbroken for you @Louis_Tomlinson. Your mum Jay was an incredible person. Sending you all my love— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) December 9, 2016
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