Ed Sheeran has celebrity tributes to Tom Parker, the star of The Wanted, who died of brain cancer at the age of 33.
Parker’s death was announced on Wednesday (March 30) 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.”
His bandmate Siva Kaneswaran shared his own tribute, writing: “Hey Tom, hope you’re having a great time up there. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to witness your true courage.
“It’s been a joy of a lifetime, Tommy boy. Thank you for letting us see how you light up the world. See you soon and see you later. I love you brother .”
Celebrities began posting in honor of Parker, and Ed Sheeran shared a picture of the musician on Instagram.
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“So sad to hear of Tom’s passing,” he wrote. “Thoughts and love are with Kelsey, his children and his family. Very sad day what a nice guy.”
McFly’s Tom Fletcher took to Instagram to express his condolences, writing: “Absolutely heartbreaking news. My thoughts are with Tom’s family, his friends, his band and all the people who loved him.”
Martin Kemp tweeted, “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.”
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Tom Parker,” wrote boy band Blue. “His fight was an inspiration and he changed the lives of everyone he came in contact with. Long may he be remembered for it. With love to all his family and close friends.”
singer and Be sure to come dance star HRVY wrote: “We all love you Tom Parker.”
HRVY shared a photo from The Wanted that Parker previously posted on March 29.
“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.”
Vamps musician Conor Ball posted, “33 is way too young so much sadness rest in peace Tom Parker.”
Comedian Hal Cruttenden wrote: “This is such a tragedy. Brain tumors are the biggest cancer killers in the UK under 40s. 3% of the money spent on cancer research in the UK each year is spent on brain tumours. One way to honor Tom Parker could be by donating to @BrainTumourOrg.”
TV presenter Rylan Clark wrote on Twitter: “I just saw the news about Tom and it absolutely sucks. He was such a good guy. So sad to hear. Kind regards to Kelsey and the children. Terrible news x #RipTom x.”
Sending his condolences to Parker’s family, ‘Take That’ star Howard Donald wrote, ‘So young and so sad. RIP @TomParker from @thewanted. Strength and love for his family.”
JJ Hamblett of boy band Union J hailed the late singer as an “incredible artist and real family man”.
“I just saw the news…I’m speechless!!! Tom Parker was such a nice guy who was an amazing artist and real family man!” Hamblett wrote on Twitter.
Other stars also offered their condolences to The Wanted’s Instagram post confirming Parker’s death and wrote.
Kendall Schmidt of US boy band Big Time Rush commented on the post: “We love you Tom. You will live on forever in our hearts and in the music. I’m thinking of your family, the boys and all the fans who hold you in high regard.”
S Club singer Jo O’Meara called the news “absolutely devastating,” adding, “My thoughts are with you all.”
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.
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