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Louis Tomlinson’s Mother, Johannah Deakin, Dies at 42

Louis Tomlinson and Mother Johannah Deakin Believe In Magic Cinderella Ball - Red Carpet Arrivals
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One Direction superstar Louis Tomlinson, who only earlier this month was rumored to be kick-starting his own solo career, has tragically lost his 42-year-old mother Johannah Deakin to a battle with “a very aggressive form of leukemia” on Wednesday (Dec. 7), as confirmed in a statement by her husband.

She would have turned 43 next week.

The full statement from Deakin’s husband, via Capital FM:

“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. 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. We would like to send our sincere thanks to Professor Steve Mackinnon and his team at University College London Hospital where Johannah was hospitalised since May. And during the last few weeks Professor John Snowden and his colleagues at Royal Hallamshire Hospital Sheffield.”

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“All he ever wants to do spoil his family. He’s always been like that. he’s not a materialistic person himself, but he likes to give people things. He spoils me and the girls and he’s happiest doing that,” Johannah lovingly told Sugarscape of her son Louis.

We send our deepest condolences to Louis and the rest of his family at this time.

See the outpouring of love and support from fans and friends, including former 1D bandmates Zayn and Liam Payne, below.

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