One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson's mum dies from cancer
One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson's mother has died from an aggressive form of leukaemia at the age of 43, her family said on Friday.
Johannah Deakin, who worked as a midwife and had seven children, died on Wednesday in hospital in the UK city of Sheffield.
She had been in hospital since May after being diagnosed with the cancer.
Tomlinson, Deakin's oldest child, was scheduled to perform at the final of British television singing competition The X Factor at the weekend, British media reported.
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The show's creator Simon Cowell, who brought together the boy band during an earlier series in 2010, expressed his sympathy on Twitter.
Heartbroken for you @Louis_Tomlinson. Your mum Jay was an incredible person. Sending you all my love— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) December 9, 2016
Deakin's last Instagram post five weeks ago was a picture of Tomlinson, 24, who she described as "my perfect boy".
"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," Deakin's husband Dan said in a statement.
@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
Tomlinson had a son, Freddie, in January.