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Monday 12 December 2016

Louis Tomlinson's mother dies, age 43

The mother of One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson - Johanna Deakin - has died from leukaemia, age just 43.

Johannah, a mum of seven and a midwife, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of the blood cancer earlier this year and had been at Sheffield's Royal Hallamshire Hospital since May. In an emotional statement, Johannah's partner Dan, said she would "always look to put other people before herself".

"She worked tirelessly on numerous charity campaigns, creating memories for many individuals and their families."

Johanna became a grandmother at a young age earlier this year after Louis' ex Briana Jungwirth gave birth to his first child in January.

Louis' One Direction bandmates sent their sympathies on Twitter, with Harry Styles remembering Johanna as his second mum.

Louis just performed at the UK edition of 'The X Factor' only days after his mum died, and as you can imagine, it was highly emotional. He sang 'Just Hold On':

Simon Cowell complimented Louis for his courage in performing.

"Louis, I have to say I've known you for six years. The bravery of what you've done. I respect you as an artist, as a person and your mum was so proud of you and she was so excited for the performance. She's looking down on you tonight," Simon said.

Hours before the show was due to start, Tomlinson addressed his 25 million Twitter followers with a brief message.

"All the support has been incredible! Let's do this together tonight."

The hashtag #RIPJohannah has trended worldwide on Twitter, with millions of social media users also sending their sympathies.

And here is a post from Louis a few weeks ago:

A photo posted by Louis Tomlinson (@louist91) on

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