Louis Tomlinson pulls out of Comic Relief appearance to grieve sister Félicité's death

DEVASTATED Louis Tomlinson has pulled out of a performance on Comic Relief in order to grieve his sister Félicité.

He had been due to perform his new single live as one of the headline performers on the BBC1 charity show on Friday night.

In an sad twist the song, called Two Of Us, is a tribute to his late mother Johannah and includes the lyrics: “You'll never know how much I miss you. The day that they took you, I wish it was me instead.”

A source close to the singer said: “Louis is obviously distraught at the loss of his sister.

“He has cancelled all promo, which includes his performance on Comic Relief this week.

“It’s just the biggest tragedy and everyone wants to be there for Louis, who is the leader of his family since the loss of his mother and always there for all his siblings.”

Félicité was found dead at her home from a suspected heart attack at just 18-years-old.

The X Factor judge and his family have been left “devastated and distraught” by the tragedy, which comes just over two years after the death of his beloved mother Johannah Deakin from leukaemia.

Félicité Tomlinson was praised as a “loveable, caring, bright, passionate, popular and beautiful young lady” by sources close to Louis.

She collapsed at her fourth floor studio apartment in Earl’s Court, West London, on Wednesday lunchtime.

Another person with Félicité at the time she suffered a suspected cardiac arrest called 999.

Two ambulance crews raced to the address, along with an experienced paramedic and a single responder medic in a car.

Despite extensive efforts to resuscitate Félicité with heart massage, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police were immediately alerted by ambulance and also attended the address as a precaution to establish whether there were any suspicious circumstances.

The death of Félicité – known as Fizzy – is being treated as “unexplained” at this stage.

A full post-mortem examination will take place and toxicology tests will be carried out. It is understood police did not find any signs drugs at the address.

The person who called 999, who has not been identified, was spoken to by officers.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Police were called by London Ambulance Service at 12.52pm on Wednesday, March 13 to a residential address in SW5 following reports of a female in cardiac arrest.

“Officers attended. A female believed to be aged 18 was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are in the process of informing her next of kin.

“At this stage the death is being treated as unexplained. A post-mortem examination will take place in due course. Enquiries continue.”

The Inner West London Coroner’s office have been informed.

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 12:51pm yesterday (March 13) to reports of an incident on Knaresborough Place, Earls Court.

“We sent two ambulance crews, a single responder in a car and an advanced paramedic to the scene.

"Sadly, despite efforts of our medics, a person died at the scene.”

Louis, who was working in London, was informed of Félicité’s death on Wednesday night, while police yesterday notified members of the family from Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

The singer was extremely close to his sister and the pair regularly saw each other in London.

Last night a family source said: “Félicité was an absolutely adored young woman who was loved by Louis and her whole family. They are all totally devastated, as you can imagine.

“She had so many friends and was such a positive happy person. It’s a massive loss to the world.

“She was a loveable, caring, bright, passionate, popular and beautiful young lady.”

Félicité moved to the capital to develop her career in fashion and social media projects and was also planning to write a book.

In October she revealed she had been suffering from sciatica, which is extreme back pain caused by the irritation of a nerve. Félicité regularly shared details of her life to her 1.3million devoted Instagram followers.

Asked by fans on Sunday (March 10) if she would be different if her mum had not died, she replied: “Very different, in both good and bad ways, there is collateralized beauty in everything.”

Asked about brother Louis’ new song Two of Us, an emotional tribute to their late mum, Félicité said: “I cried my eyes out in the back of my Uber, but I loved the song filled me with hope.”

The beauty had recently got all her siblings' initials tattooed in old English letters, which added to an inking of a red snake on her left middle finger.

She posted her first tattoo last year in tribute to her mum – a motif of the year she was born, 1973.

The teen was outspoken about mental illness, previously writing on January 12: “I think there is a lot of stigma around addiction and the disease of addiction is misunderstood.”

She added: “Depression and anxiety is less stigmatised but there is still a lot of stigma around other mental illnesses.”

But asked about rumours she had been battling depression, Félicité wrote: “Everyone struggles with things in life especially if they suffer a huge loss or life changing event but I don’t think that’s something rumours she be spread about.

“It should be up to the person to talk about it when and if they’re ready to.”

Last month she posted a grab of Christina Aguilera’s song Hurt which is about the loss of a parent.

The fashionista also retweeted a picture showing how much she looked like her late mum.

Social media shows she had planned to be in Bali where older sister Lottie has been staying but she had to scrap the trip.

The same month she wrote: “Alone again. Love too often leads to disappointment, it’s cool though I got myself.”

Poignantly, Félicité also recently told of her favourite memories of her famous older brother Louis, writing: “Car rides home from X Factor auditions, all giving opinions and being so excited and seeing him so excited.”

Asked if she was proud of her siblings, she added: “More than I can express – including the little ones.”


By John Lucas and Rob Pattinson

LOUIS Tomlinson became head of his family following the death of his beloved mother Johannah Deakin in December 2016 from leukaemia.

The One Direction superstar, who is 27, was the eldest of midwife Johannah’s seven children.

She split from Louis’ father Troy Austin when the pop star was a toddler.

Louis, who is estranged from his dad, took the name of his mum’s second husband Mark Tomlinson.

The couple had four children – make-up artist and style queen Lottie, 20, Felcitie, who was 18 when she died on Wednesday, and identical twins Daisy and Phoebe, 15.

After Mark and Johannah split in 2010, she went on to have twins Ernest and Doris in February 2014 with Daniel Deakin, who she married in July that year.

Just last week Louis told The Sun’s podcast The Dan Wootton Interview how he had taken responsibility for his family since the death of his beloved mum.

Speaking of how he coped, he said: “I am getting a little bit more used to it because I have to.

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

“And that's kept me driven, that's kept me determined and that's helped with going through all that stuff I think is being there for my family.

"It definitely was difficult at first, but like I say, I think the responsibility, actually, that I have for other people helps me.”

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.

“So I've got so many people around me to make me constantly feel good and responsible that that keeps me going, definitely."

Johannah battled aggressive leukaemia since the beginning of 2016 and she passed away at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield.

Louis dedicated a performance on The X Factor final to her less than a week later, saying his track Just Hold On was written about her.

It was her final wish that Louis go ahead with the TV gig despite her imminent death.

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