London — 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.
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."
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.
Louis' One Direction bandmates, his boss Simon Cowell and former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole have take to Twitter to express their condolences.
Very sad news . Louis I love you mate and I'm / all of us are here for you all the way . You're mum was an incredible person .— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) December 9, 2016
Thinking of you and your family .love from my family to yours..— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) December 9, 2016
@Louis_Tomlinson my heart breaks for you. I am so sorry. My thoughts are with you and your loved ones at this incredibly tragic time.— Cheryl (@CherylOfficial) December 9, 2016
Heartbroken for you @Louis_Tomlinson. Your mum Jay was an incredible person. Sending you all my love— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) December 9, 2016
Former band member Zayn Malik also expressed his sympathy.
@Louis_Tomlinson love you bro! All of your family is in my prayers. proud of your strength and know your mum is too x— zayn (@zaynmalik) December 9, 2016