One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson's mum dies from cancer

Johannah Deakin called Louis Tomlinson her "perfect boy" in her last Instagram post five weeks ago.
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Johannah Deakin called Louis Tomlinson her "perfect boy" in her last Instagram post five weeks ago.

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.

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.

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Tomlinson had a son, Freddie, in January.

 - Reuters

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