Louis Tomlinson's mother Johannah Deakin died on Dec. 7 following a battle with "a very aggressive form of leukemia"

By Nicole Sands
December 14, 2016 03:39 PM
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Louis Tomlinson’s stepfather Dan Deakin is thanking Tomlinson’s fans on behalf of his late wife, Johannah.

“Hi, it’s Dan. Johannah asked for me to send this afterwards. She wanted to thank you all, and to let you know that you have been amazing right from the start,” he tweeted from Johannah’s account. “You changed Louis’ life, but also her life. Your support now is as strong if not stronger than ever,” Deakin said in a series of tweets.

“So from Johannah one last time, thank you for everything xxx,” he continued with a heart-shaped emoji.

Johannah died at the age of 42 following a battle with cancer.

“It is with immeasurable sadness that Johannah Deakin’s family said goodbye to Johannah in the early hours of Wednesday, Dec. 7,” the family said in a statement. “Earlier this year Johannah was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of leukemia 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, Lottie, Félicité, 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,” Dan said in a statement. “She was also an incredibly proud grandmother to [Louis’ son] Freddie.”

In her honor, Tomlinson went through with his previously scheduled appearance on Dec. 10 on The X Factor to fulfill his mother’s last wish.

“Thank you for the incredible support,” the former One Direction singer captioned an Instagram post of himself onstage with Steve Aoki.