Mar 31, 2022: The Wanted star Tom Parker has died at the age of 33 after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, the British boy band announced.
The band said they were “devastated” by Parker’s death and that they were with him and his family at his side when he died. The singer told fans in October 2020 that he had an inoperable tumour.
His wife Kelsey Hardwick wrote on Instagram: “Our hearts are broken.” The pair had two young children together. The couple married in 2018 and had a daughter, Aurelia Rose, and a son, Bodhi.
She added: “Tom was the centre of our world. 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. I’m forever proud of you.”
The Wanted formed in 2009, with Parker, Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Nathan Sykes and Jay McGuiness.
They had two UK number one singles – Glad You Came and All Time Low – and eight other top 10 hits including Chasing The Sun, Heart Vacancy and Lightning.
The Wanted reunited for a Stand Up To Cancer Gig at London’s Royal Albert Hall last September, organised by Parker. It also raised money for the National Brain Appeal. The group then released a greatest hits album in November. Shortly before the album’s release, Parker told fans his brain tumour was “stable” and “under control”
Condolences poured in from the musical industry. Singer Ed Sheeran posted on Instagram: “So sad to hear of Tom’s passing. Thoughts and love are with Kelsey, his children and his family. Very sad day, what a lovely guy.”
Former One Direction star Liam Payne said he was “heartbroken”. “[Parker] was so full of life and humour, and the memories I have of him with stay with me forever.”
Fellow British boyband Blue, tweeted that Parker was “an inspiration” and “changed the lives of everyone he came into contact with”.
Singer Joe Mcelderry: “So very very sad 🙁 life can be cruel! My thoughts to his family and friends.”
Union J singer JJ Hamblett said it was “such a cruel, cruel world… RIP Tom.. you will be missed but never never forgotten”.
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