Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and One Direction fans are reaching out to Louis Tomlinson with messages of support over his mother Johannah Deaken's death. The 42 year-old lost her battle with an aggressive form of leukemia on Dec. 7.
Deaken's husband Dan first shared the sad news: "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."
A general statement provided by the family read: "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 leukemia that required immediate and continuous treatment. We respectfully request that the family are given time and space to grieve in private."
Louis shared a photo as a tribute to his late mother, with the caption: "My mother looking gorgeous before the Brits earlier this year. I love and miss you so much!"
See Zayn, Liam and fans/ reactions to the death of Tomlinson's mother below.
@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
My Heart goes out to Louis Tomlinson and his family at this time. Heartbreaking.— Ronan Keating (@ronanofficial) December 9, 2016
My thoughts go out to Louis Tomlinson and his family at this time #RIPJohannah— 10 GRAMMYS ✨ (@Swiftness13) December 9, 2016
@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.— Cheryl (@CherylOfficial) December 9, 2016
Thoughts are with @Louis_Tomlinson today. Heartbreaking news.— Nathan Sykes (@NathanSykes) December 9, 2016
Why do all the good people die in the end? #RIPJohannah— emily (@Iukesbass) December 9, 2016
This is going to be so hard for Louis to perform on the X Factor stage as he's going to pay tribute to Jay :(#RIPJohannah— Anu styles. (@VigorousStylesx) December 9, 2016