Mother of 'One Direction' member Louis Tomlinson dies at 43

FILE - Member of the band One Direction Louis Tomlinson accepts the award for Best British Video at the Brit Awards 2016 at the 02 Arena in London, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
FILE - Member of the band One Direction Louis Tomlinson accepts the award for Best British Video at the Brit Awards 2016 at the 02 Arena in London, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

- The mother of One Direction star Louis Tomlinson has died of leukemia at age 43.

The family says in a statement that Johannah Deakin died Wednesday morning at a hospital in Sheffield, northern England. She had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of the cancer earlier this year.

 

My mother looking gorgeous before the Brits earlier this year . I love you and miss you so much !

A photo posted by Louis Tomlinson (@louist91) on


Tomlinson has been part of One Direction since 2010


 At 24, he is Deakin's eldest child. She has six other children: 18-year-old Lottie; 16-year-old Felicite; and two sets of twins - 12-year-olds Phoebe and Daisy and 2-year-olds Ernest and Doris.

Husband Dan Deakin, Tomlinson's stepfather, says she was "incredibly selfless" and a "truly amazing mother."

The hashtag #RIPJohannah was trending on Friday.

Deakin shared a photo of Tomlinson several weeks ago in what would be her last on Instagram.

"My perfect boy" reads the caption.

 

My perfect boy ❤️

A photo posted by Mrs Johannah Deakin (@mrsjohannahdeakin) on

 

Tomlinson's management said Friday that the singer would go through with a scheduled performance this weekend on TV music show "The X Factor" in memory of his mother.

With the Associated Press

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