Leukaemia and a fatal drug overdose: Inside Louis Tomlinson's tragic family history.

The sudden loss of an 18-year-old sibling would be a crushing blow for anyone.

But for One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, 27, the death of his sister, Félicité was the second tragedy he has endured in as many years.

In 2016, Tomlinson’s mum, Johannah died of leukaemia at the age of 43.

Midwife Johannah gave birth to Louis when she was just 18.  She split from his father, Troy Austin when he was a toddler. She went on to meet Mark Tomlinson with who she had four more children: Lottie, 20, Félicité and identical twins Daisy and Phoebe, 15.

After splitting with Tomlinson in 2010, she went on to marry Dan Deakin, giving birth to another set of twins, Earnest and Doris, now four.

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Throughout it all, she and firstborn Louis developed an extremely close bond. He was by her side at the twins’ birth and was best man at her wedding to Deakin the same year.

Johannah became a grandmother when Louis had a son Freddie with his now ex-girlfriend, Brianna Jungwirth in 2016.

But that same year, Johannah was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukaemia. She passed away on December 7, 2016.

A statement released by her family read:

“It is with immeasurable sadness that Johannah Deakin’s family said goodbye to Johannah in the early hours of Wednesday 7th December 2016.

“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.”

The following weekend, Tomlinson went ahead with his first ever solo performance on the X Factor finale, as was his mum’s wish.

After his performance of ‘Just Hold On’, which was written about Johannah, he was praised by judge Simon Cowell:

“What you’ve just done… the bravery… I respect you as an artist and I respect you as a person,” Cowell told Tomlinson. “Your mum was so proud of you, Louis, she was so looking forward to tonight, she’s watching down on you now and you’ve done her proud.”

Later the star tweeted about the performance.


Speaking to The Sun‘s Dan Wootton about his new role as head of his family, Tomlinson said:

“I’m lucky in a way that, because I’m the oldest, there’s a lot of responsibility that falls on my head.

He added: “I’m lucky to have really, really good people around me. My family are amazing, I’ve got great friends, my girlfriend’s amazing, my boy’s amazing.”

Tomlinson’s sister Félicité, however, was struggling to cope and had turn to drugs after being diagnosed with PTSD following Johannah’s death.

In March this year, Félicité, also known to friends as ‘Fizzy’, died after collapsing in her London home.

Upon hearing the news, Tomlinson pulled out of all promotional appearances and cancelled a Comic Relief performance.

At first, the cause of death was reported as a suspected heart attack, but last week, an inquest at Inner West London Coroner’s Court revealed Félicité’s had died from an accidental overdose, with a ‘perfect storm’ of cocaine, Xanax and oxycodone found in her system.

As reported by The Sun, Coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe, recording a misadventure verdict, said of the drugs: “It was a perfect storm, the oxycodone, the alpraxolam (Xanax) and cocaine.

“She was an individual who took drugs deliberately and has succumbed to their said effects accidentally.

“I find no evidence this was a deliberate act to end her life.”

Details of the inquest also revealed that Tomlinson had desperately tried to help Félicité get clean. She had gone to rehab in Egypt last year but had left early to resume taking drugs.

The night before her death, Felicite had taken cocaine with her friend Zainab Mohammed. It was Mohammed who found her unresponsive in the morning and called an ambulance.