It was confirmed earlier today that Johannah Deakin had passed away, aged 42
Louis Tomlinson’s family have been inundated with support since news emerged of his mother Johannah Deakin’s death today.
The devoted midwife had been battling leukaemia since earlier this year and passed away in hospital on Wednesday, aged 42.
Louis’ ex-One Direction bandmate Zayn Malik was one of the first to send his condolences, Tweeting: ‘@Louis_Tomlinson love you bro! All of your family is in my prayers. proud of your strength and know your mum is too x.’
Cheryl – who’s dating 1D’s Liam Payne – wrote on her page: ‘@Louis_Tomlinson my heart breaks for you. I am so sorry. My thoughts are with you and your loved ones at this incredibly tragic time.’
Fans have also been sharing their memories of Johannah on Twitter, with the hashtag #RIPJohannah trending shortly after the news broke.
As well as Louis, 24, Johannah was mum to make-up artist Lottie, 18, Félicité, 16, and two sets of twins, Phoebe and Daisy, 12, and two-year-old Ernest and Doris.
Louis’ most recent Instagram photo – posted two weeks ago – showed him with Johannah, and he paid tribute to her with the caption: ‘My mother looking gorgeous before the Brits earlier this year . I love you and miss you so much ! [sic].’
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Félicité simply Tweeted a broken heart emoji yesterday, before sharing a caricature of the siblings with their mother on Instagram this afternoon.
In a statement released today, Johannah’s husband Dan Deakin said: ‘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.
‘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.’
We’re sending the whole family our love at this difficult time.