Louis Tomlinson's dad in cancer battle - 18 months after singer's mum died of leukaemia

Louis Tomlinson and his dad Troy Austin.
Louis Tomlinson and his dad Troy Austin.

The dad of Doncaster pop singer Louis Tomlinson is battling cancer - 18 months on from the death of the star's mum from leukaemia.

Troy Austin, 49, had a tumour removed in a four-hour op and is praying that the surgery has saved his life.

Louis’ mum Johannah Deakin, 43, died in December 2016 and his gran Tina -Troy’s mum - died from a rare bone marrow cancer a few months later aged 67.

Troy told The Sun that the op on his liver comes after years of heavy drinking and smoking - but he insists he is a changed man as he paid tribute to the doctors and nurses.

Troy told the newspaper: “The staff have been brilliant. The NHS might get criticised in some quarters but I have had a great service.

“I believe my tumour was down to drinking and smoking.

“I can’t blame it on anything else.

“Each day I was smoking up to 25 cigarettes and drinking six to eight cans of Tyskie, a Polish lager.

“And my diet was terrible. It was Chinese and Indian takeaways and a lot of chips.

“Some days I wouldn’t eat at all but would just drink and smoke. I would drink to celebrate the good times and drink to cope with the bad. Whatever life threw at me I would drink."

Troy and Louis have not spoken in five years and he split with Louis’ mum when the singer was a week old.

He added: "If Louis ever wanted to make contact then I would be happy for that to happen."

Troy had the 1½in tumour removed at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital last Wednesday.

He added: “The crazy thing is I didn't have any symptoms.

"Early diagnosis is everything. I’ve been crying tears of joy because I feel so lucky to have been given a second chance."