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Wednesday 8th July 2020

Louis Tomlinson breaks his silence following death of mum

Johannah Deakin passed away on Wednesday

Grieving Louis Tomlinson has broken his silence following the death of his beloved mum on Wednesday.

Midwife and mum-of-seven Johannah Deakin lost her battle with leukaemia at the age of just 42.

All the support has been incredible!

Former One Direction band member Louis, 23, took to Twitter the thank his fans for their support, following an overwhelming surge of condolences.

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

The latter part of the message refers to Louis' performance on The X Factor tonight.

His appearance - to debut his solo material - is long-planned and it was his mum's dying wish that he see it through.

Johanna's death was announced yesterday.

As well as eldest child Louis, 24, she leaves behind Lottie, 18, Félicité, 16, twins Daisy and Phoebe, 12, and twins Ernest and Doris, aged two.

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In the statement announcing Johannah's passing, her husband Dan Deakin said: “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 leukaemia that required immediate and continuous treatment.

“We respectfully request that the family are given time and space to grieve in private.”

“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.

“We would like to send our sincere thanks to Professor Steve Mackinnon and his team at University College London Hospital where Johannah was hospitalised since May.

"And during the last few weeks Professor John Snowden and his colleagues at Royal Hallamshire Hospital Sheffield.”

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Johannah would have turned 43 next Friday.

Louis, dad to little Freddie, posted a beautiful message to his mum to Instagram a couple of weeks ago.

Meanwhile daughter Félicité posted a tribute to Twitter, following her loss.