The Wanted star Tom Parker dies at 33 after brain tumour battle
Report by ITV News entertainment reporter Rishi Davda
The Wanted star Tom Parker has died at the age of 33.
The singer, from Bolton, passed away on Wednesday after a long battle with terminal brain cancer glioblastoma, his partner has confirmed.
"It is with the heaviest of hearts that we confirm Tom passed away peacefully earlier today with all of his family by his side," Kelsey Parker said in an Instagram post.
"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. I'm forever proud of you."
Tom had first spoken of his terminal brain tumour diagnosis in October 2020 and was up until recently receiving treatment abroad.
Earlier this year, he performed on stage with his bandmates during their much-delayed reunion tour.
In November the band sat down with Granada Reports presenter Victoria Grimes.
Tom was one of five band members of The Wanted who are famous for songs such as 'Glad You Came' and 'All Time Low'.
They have also paid tribute to their friend on social media.
"Max, Jay, Siva, Nathan and the whole Wanted family are devastated by the tragic and premature loss of our bandmate Tom Parker, who passed away peacefully at lunchtime today surrounded by his family and his band mates.
"Tom was an amazing husband to Kelsey, and father to Aurelia and Bodhi. He was our brother, words can't express the loss and sadness we feel. Always and forever in our hearts."
Howard Donald from Take That sent his condolences to the family of Tom Parker.
He tweeted: “So young and so sad. RIP @TomParker from @thewanted. Strength and love to his family.”
TV presenter Rylan Clark also paid tribute. He tweeted: “I’ve just seen the news about Tom and that’s absolutely gutting. He was such a good’un.
"So sad to hear. Sending my love to Kelsey and the kids. Awful news x #RipTom x”
English actor and musician Martin Kemp said his “spirit will never be forgotten”.
Kemp wrote in a tweet: “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”.
Tom joined his bandmates on stage just last week to sing one of their well-known songs 'Gold Forever'.
Union J singer JJ Hamblett called Tom “an incredible artist and real family man”.
He said: “Tom Parker was such a nice guy who was an incredible artist and real family man!
“Such a cruel, cruel world… RIP Tom.. you will be missed but never never forgotten”.
The Vamps’ Connor Ball also tweeted following Tom Parker’s death. Ball wrote: “33 is far too young, so much sadness, Rest in peace Tom Parker”.
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