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Tom Parker fans line the streets for The Wanted singer’s funeral

Fans of Tom Parker lined the streets of south London on Wednesday (April 20) for the funeral of the late The Wanted singer.

Parker died last month at the age of 33 after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.

His wife, Kelsey Parker, had invited people to pay their respects outside of his funeral in Petts Wood.

On Instagram, she wrote that “it would be nice if everyone lined the route when we go to our private service.”

Hundreds of fans lined the way to the church. Many stayed outside during the service, which was broadcast on screens.

Parker’s coffin was carried into the church by his bandmates from The Wanted. Upon entering the church, “Champaigne Supernova” by Oasis was playing.

In addition to those who mourned in person, fans also paid tribute to the singer on social media.

One wrote: “Is there anything sadder than seeing young men carrying a young man’s coffin? God bless Tom Parker. Your friends proudly carried you home. My heart aches for your wife and young children. Peace.”

“I won’t, I won’t let go of your memory ’cause your colors burn so bright,” wrote another fan, citing The Wanted song “Gold Forever.”

“Rest easy Tom Tom,” they added. “Life just isn’t fair, I can’t believe it, but you’re at peace now. Tom Parker forever.”

Tom Parker’s coffin is held aloft as it is carried into the Church of St Francis of Assisi in Orpington, England

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ITV reporter Sam Holder tweeted: “The sun is shining very heavily on Tom today. An inspiration to so many, not just fans of his music.”

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

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The group released three albums and 12 UK Top 20 singles, including ‘All Time Low’ and ‘Glad You Came’, before disbanding in 2014.

In September, the band announced they were reuniting seven years after splitting and releasing a greatest hits album titled Most Wantedand perform at a benefit concert.

Instead of flowers and cards, Kelsey Parker created a GoFundMe page to “keep Tom’s memory alive forever” through donations to charity.

The site surpassed its goal of £5,000 within the first 12 hours and has received over £54,000 in donations at the time of writing.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/tom-parker-funeral-death-wanted-b2061482.html Tom Parker fans line the streets for The Wanted singer’s funeral

JOE HERNANDEZ

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