Tom Parker sadly passed away at the age of 33.
British singer Tom Parker from The Wanted has passed away at the age of 33 after battling a brain tumor. His wife, Kelsey Parker, and two children, Aurelia and Bodhi, survive Tom Parker. His wife, who said in a statement that with a heavy heart they confirm that Tom had passed away peacefully earlier today with his family and friends surrounding him, confirmed the news of singer's passing away.
Kelsey also said that their hearts are broken because Tom was the center of their world and they could not imagine their lives without his energizing presence around them. The late singer’s wife thanked the fans and everyone who reached out to him during his illness and mentioned that Tom fought till the end before adding that she is very proud of him. The official social media of The Wanted also shared a post and mentioned that the bandmates are heartbroken with the news of Tom Parker passing away.
The news of Tom Parker’s passing away comes a week after he announced that he was writing a book about his battle with a brain tumor that was due to be released in July. He said that his book is not about dying but living and added that it is going to be a way for people to find hope in whatever situation they might be in and live their lives to the fullest.
Tom Parker revealed last year that his stage four glioblastoma was stable after he had an MRI scan and underwent special treatment at a clinic in Spain. According to research done by the Brain Tumor Research Charity, patients with glioblastoma can live up to 12 to 18 months. The singer suffered a seizure in September 2020 and was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and opened up to his fans about his struggles in November 2021.
Tom Parker stated that the doctor told him that it was stage four glioblastoma and he was shocked to know the diagnosis. He added that it was a lot to process for him at the time too, but he wanted to fight the cancer for his family and people who loved him. The singer regularly kept sharing his health updates with his fans.
In a post he shared at the time, mentioned that even though he was not expecting this to happen, he was not going to give up but fight harder all the way and urged his fans to not be sad but send in their love and positivity to raise awareness about glioblastoma and look out for treatment options.
During his Channel 4 documentary titled, "In My Head," Tom Parker revealed that he does not want people to treat him differently just because he has got something. He added that he felt like he was in a stronger space, but he gets worried when he thinks about the future. He also shared that he does not think that there are many options available in Britain for cancer patients, hence he went to Spain for his treatment. Tom Parker stayed positive throughout his battle against the tumor as he wanted to spend more time with his family and kids, and he shared that when someone takes strength and courage from those around them, that helps.
The singer recently appeared on stage in a wheelchair to join his bandmates on The Wanted’s tour after he missed out on the first few shows due to his treatment overseas. The reunion tour meant so much to him after the band decided to split up in 2014 and Tom Parker turned his attention toward television. Tom reached the semi-finals of Celebrity Masterchef in 2015 and came third on a skiing show called The Jump back in 2016.
Tom played the male lead, Danny Zuko in the UK tour of Grease in 2017 and sort of postponed his wedding with Kelsey Hardwick. In September 2021, the singer held a special charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall where the proceeds went up to Stand Up TO Cancer and The National Brain Appeal. He had expressed his disappointment after he discovered that only one percent of the annual research budget for cancer went towards the cure and treatment of glioblastoma.
Hence he wanted to use his voice and platform to help in any way he could. He recently shared a picture with his bandmates and captioned it, "My Happy Place."
The tributes for The Wanted singer are pouring in with bandmate Siva Kaneswaran writing that hopes Tom is having a blast up there and added that he is very grateful for witnessing his true courage and it had been his pleasure to know him. Howard Donald also extended his condolences to the family. Singer Ed Sheeran also commented on the post that he is thinking and praying for Tom Parker's family and kids. Charlotte Hawkins shared on her social media that Tom Parker was a guy full of life and wanted to help others despite going through so much himself.
Sending our deepest condolences to Tom Parker's family and friends!