Louis Tomlinson’s mother dies aged 43

One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson’s mother Johannah Deakin has died of leukemia aged 43.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (SONY HANDOUT) – The mother of One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson has died from leukemia, her family said in a statement on Friday. She was 43.

Johannah Deakin, a midwife and mother to seven children, died on Wednesday in hospital in Sheffield, Northern England, where she had been since May after being diagnosed “with a very aggressive form of leukaemia”, the family said.

“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,” Deakin’s husband and Tomlinson’s stepfather, Dan Deakin, said in the statement carried widely by British media.

Tomlinson, Deakin’s oldest child, is scheduled to perform at the final of British television singing contest “The X Factor” on the weekend, British media reported, with show creator Simon Cowell paying tribute to Deakin.

“Heartbroken for you @Louis_Tomlinson. Your mum Jay was an incredible person. Sending you all my love.” Cowell posted on Twitter.

Deakin’s last Instagram post five weeks ago was a picture of Tomlinson, the boy band singer who found fame on “The X Factor” in 2010, who she described as “my perfect boy”.