Johannah Deakin, Louis Tomlinson's mother, has passed away at the age of 43 from leukemia early on Wednesday.
Along with her son, a member of One Direction, the midwife leaves behind six other children: Lottie, 18, Felicite, 16, twins Daisy and Phoebe, 12, and twins Ernest and Doris, 2. She also leaves behind Louis' 10-month-old son Freddie.
Louis shared this heartfelt post on his Instagram three weeks ago:
My mother looking gorgeous before the Brits earlier this year. I love you and miss you so much!
Louis' fans have reached out to show their support for him and his family on Twitter.
Louis will be performing at the "X Factor" final on Saturday in a special tribute to his mother alongside DJ Steve Aoki and singing his debut single "Just Hold On."
Fellow One Directioners Niall Horan, Liam Payne and former One Direction member Zayn Malik made sure Louis knew he was in their thoughts.
Louis served as best man for his mother's marriage to Dr. Dan Deakin, and all of his bandmates were present for the wedding.
He said his wife was "first and foremost a truly amazing mother to seven children."
He called Johannah incredibly selfless and a woman who always put others before herself.
He also wrote,
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... 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.
Louis Tomlinson's song "Just Hold On" will be performed Saturday. The lyrics include,
It's not over until your dying breath. So what do you want them to say when you're gone? That you gave up or that you kept going on?
Citations: 'It's not over until your dying breath': Heartbroken Louis Tomlinson's poignant song tribute to his mother is revealed after she dies aged 43 following secret battle with leukaemia (Daily Mail)