Louis Tomlinson's late mother Johannah Deakin has thanked fans for "changing his life" in a touching final message. Written just before her tragic death last week, Johannah told Louis' supporters that they had been "amazing from the start".
The message was shared by her heartbroken widower Dan Deakin on Johannah's Twitter page. "Hi, it's Dan. Johannah asked for me to send this afterwards," he wrote. "She wanted to thank you all, and to let you know that you have been amazing right from the start. You changed Louis' life, but also her life.
Johannah Deakin has shared a touching final message for son Louis' fans
"Your support now is as strong if not stronger than ever. So from Johannah one last time, thank you for everything xxx."
Johannah tragically passed away last week at the age of 43 following a battle with leukemia. She left behind seven children: Louis, 24, Lottie, 18, Felicite, 16, 12-year-old twins Phoebe and Daisy, and two-year-old twins Ernest and Doris.
The mum-of-seven tragically passed away last week after a battle with leukemia
On Tuesday Louis returned to Instagram for the first time since his mother's death to thank his fans. The star shared a photo of himself and Steve Aoki performing their track Just Hold On on The X Factor on Saturday night, writing alongside: "Thank you for the incredible support ; )."
Poignantly, Louis' last Instagram post prior to that was a photo of him with Johannah, shared just two weeks before her death. "My mother looking gorgeous before the Brits earlier this year," he wrote. "I love you and miss you so much!" The photo has now received more than 1.5million likes.
My mother looking gorgeous before the Brits earlier this year . I love you and miss you so much !
A photo posted by Louis Tomlinson (@louist91) on
Louis Tomlinson pictured with his mum
Johannah's widower Dan confirmed the sad news of her passing in a statement to HELLO! Online. "It is with immeasurable sadness that Johannah Deakin's family said goodbye to Johannah in the early hours of Wednesday 7th December 2016," it read. "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."