The Wanted’s Tom Parker has died today (March 30), aged 33.
The news that he died was confirmed by Parker’s wife, Kelsey on her Instagram account.
She wrote in her post: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we confirm Tom passed away peacefully earlier today with all of his family by his side.”
“Our hearts are broken. Tom was the centre of our world and we can’t imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence.
‘We are truly thankful for the outpouring of love and support and ask that we all unite to ensure Tom’s light continues to shine for his beautiful children.”
“Thank you to everyone who has supported in his care throughout. He fought until the very end.”
In 2020, Parker revealed that he had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, saying that he and his wife were “absolutely devastated” but were “gonna fight this all the way”.
You can see some of the tributes to Parker here:
Tom Parker, rest in peace my love goes out to all your family and all your friends.. your bravery, your fight and your spirit will never be forgotten
— Martin Kemp (@realmartinkemp) March 30, 2022
This has floored me. Sending love and light to Tom’s wife and children. So unbelievably tragic. R.I.P Tom Parker https://t.co/dr7oHtPlZo
— tamzin outhwaite (@mouthwaite) March 30, 2022
The Wanted's Tom Parker has tragically passed away at the age of 33, his wife Kelsey has announced.
We are sending all our love to Tom's friends, family and of course the band during this difficult time. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/EYAUfzroxb
— Capital (@CapitalOfficial) March 30, 2022
We are shattered by the news of the death of Tom Parker.
It was an honour to host his Stand Up To Cancer charity gig last year, and we send all our love and thoughts to Tom's family, friends and the band. 💔 https://t.co/TwXeZjurLF
— Royal Albert Hall (@RoyalAlbertHall) March 30, 2022
Tom Parker, the singer and member of The Wanted, has passed away at age 33 after a battle with cancer. He’ll be remembered not only for his talent, but for his courage and his charity work while fighting cancer. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and bandmates. pic.twitter.com/YKo9a3BFU2
— MTV (@MTV) March 30, 2022
@TomParker, One of the bravest, most inspirational people I have ever had the joy of knowing. Your attitude ever since your diagnosis has inspired people all around the world and you have raised so much money to help battle this horrible disease. pic.twitter.com/8nfm05PBi3
— Adam Pitts (@LawsonAdam) March 30, 2022
Parker also appeared in a documentary for Stand Up To Cancer about his condition called Tom Parker: Inside My Head.
Speaking about that on This Morning last year, he explained that he underwent 30 rounds of chemotherapy and 30 radiotherapy sessions. “It’s been pretty full on. Chemo was very, very tough and [radiotherapy] is probably the hardest part,” he told the programme.
“I feel a lot more confident and a lot more in control of my emotions,” he added. “If I did do this five months ago, I’d be a crying mess to be honest. I’m feeling very positive.”
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