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Death of Tom Parker: The Wanted lead tributes to ‘amazing’ bandmates after death aged 33

There were tributes for The Wanted star Tom Parker, who died aged 33 from brain cancer.

Parker’s death was announced on Wednesday (March 20) by his wife Kelsey.

The singer died around lunchtime that day surrounded by his family and bandmates after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor in October 2020.

“It is with a heavy heart that we confirm that Tom passed away peacefully earlier today with his entire family by his side,” said Kelsey.

“Our hearts are broken. Tom was the center of our world and we can no longer imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence.”

The news was confirmed by the band, who shared a post on social media, which read, “Max, Jay, Siva, Nathan and the entire Wanted family are devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our bandmate Tom Parker , who passed away peacefully at lunchtime today surrounded by his family and bandmates.

“Tom was a great husband to Kelsey and father to Aurelia and Bodhi. He was our brother, words cannot express the loss and sadness we feel. Always and forever in our hearts.”

Celebrities began paying their own tributes to Parker, with Martin Kemp tweeting, “Tom Parker rest in peace my love goes out to all your family and all your friends…your courage, your struggle and your spirit will never be forgotten.”

singer and Be sure to come dance star HRVY wrote: “We all love you Tom Parker.”

“I was blown away by that,” commented Tamzin Outhwaite. “I send love and light to Tom’s wife and children. So incredibly tragic. RIP Tom Parker.”

former Strict Sharing his own connection to Parker’s illness, pro dancer James Jordan wrote, “Just heard that Tom Parker has died. The same evil disease that afflicted my father.

“My thoughts and prayers are with his family. He was a very special person who I had the privilege of meeting several times. rest in peace brother. My father will be waiting for you with a beer.”

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Vamps musician Conor Ball posted, “33 is way too young so much sadness rest in peace Tom Parker.”

Union J’s JJ Hamblett wrote: “​​I just saw the news…I’m speechless!!! Tom Parker was such a nice guy who was an amazing artist and real family man! Such a cruel, cruel world. RIP Tom…you will be missed but never forgotten.”

Parker rose to fame in 2009 as a member of boy band The Wanted alongside Nathan Sykes, Siva Kaneswaren, Max George and Jay McGuinness.

The group released three albums and 12 UK Top 20 singles before disbanding in 2014.

In September, the band announced they were reuniting seven years after splitting and releasing a greatest hits album titled Most Wanted.

Earlier this month, The Wanted completed a two week arena tour across the UK. However, Parker was unable to perform on the earlier shows as he was undergoing cancer treatment.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/tom-parker-death-tributes-age-cancer-b2047531.html Death of Tom Parker: The Wanted lead tributes to ‘amazing’ bandmates after death aged 33

JOE HERNANDEZ

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