We are absolutely devastated to report that Louis Tomlinson’s mom, Johannah Deakin, has passed away at the young age of 43. She lost her battle with leukemia on Dec. 7.
“It is with immeasurable sadness that Johannah Deakin’s family said goodbye to Johannah in the early hours of Wednesday 7th December 2016,” Johannah’s husband, Dan, said in a statement to Capital FM on Dec. 9. “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.”
Louis Tomlinson, 24, was Johannah’s oldest child, and she had six other children in her short life: Lottie, 18, Felicite 16, twins Daisy and Phoebe, 12, and twins Ernest and Doris, who are just two years old. “Johannah was first and foremost a truly amazing mother to seven children — Louis, Lottie, Felicite, and two sets of twins, Phoebe and Daisy and Ernest and Doris — 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 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.”
The statement also confirmed that Johannah had been hospitalized since May at University College London Hospital. “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,” Dan concluded.
Johannah got engaged to Dan Deakin in 2013, and at the same time, it was announced they were expecting twins together. Louis was the best man in the couple’s July 2014 wedding, with One Direction bandmates, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Niall Horan all in attendance.
The 43-year-old was just 18 when she gave birth to the singer, although she split from his dad, Troy Austin, in 1997. She and Mark Tomlinson, who Louis considers his father, then had Charlotte, Felicite, Daisy and Phoebe together.
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