Story highlightsTomlinson’s mom is well known by fansShe had leukemia According to People, Deakin died from leukemia on Wednesday.

“It is with immeasurable sadness that Johannah Deakin’s family said goodbye to Johannah in the early hours of Wednesday, December 7,” the family said in a statement.

Deakin, who was a midwife, is well known to One Direction fans and often appeared on social media with her famous son.

Tomlinson recently posted a pic of him and mother, who was lovingly known as “Jay,” with the caption, “My mother looking gorgeous before the Brits earlier this year. I love you and miss you so much!”.

Some of Tomlinson’s famous friends including the man who made his group famous after they were discovered on “X Factor,” Simon Cowell, sent condolences via social media.

Tomlinson will reportedly appear on “X Factor” Saturday, where he is expected to honor his mother.