Tom Parker: The Wanted star dies at 33 from brain cancer

Tom Parker

Tom Parker was diagnosed in October 2020, when he announced that his tumor could not be operated on.

Tom Parker, star of British-Irish pop band The Wanted, has died aged 33 after being diagnosed with brain cancer, the group announced on Wednesday.

The singer revealed his illness in October 2020, when he told his fans that the tumor was inoperable.

Kelsey Hardwickwife of the artist, wrote on Instagram: “Our hearts are broken.”

“Tom was the center of our world. We cannot imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence,” the woman added.

The couple married in 2018 and had a daughter, Aurelia Rose, and a son, Bodhi.

“We are truly grateful for the outpouring of love and support and ask that we all join together to make sure Tom’s light continues to shine for his beautiful children,” Hardwick wrote.

Parker (second from right) with The Wanted in 2012.

Parker (second from right) with The Wanted in 2012.

Meanwhile, the band members said they are “devastated” for Parker’s death.

The Wanted formed in 2009 with Parker, Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Nathan Sykes and Jay McGuiness.

The group had two UK number one singles, Glad You Came and All Time Lowand eight other top 10 hits, including Chasing The Sun, heart vacancy and Lightning.


Upon death, his companion kaneswaran He wrote on Instagram: “I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to witness your bravery. It has been a pleasure having you in my life, Tommy.”

“Thank you for letting us see you light up the world. I’ll talk to you soon, see you later. I love you, brother,” he added.

The former One Direction star Liam Payne He said he is “heartbroken”.

“[Parker] He was so full of life and humor, the memories I have of him will stay with me forever.”

Tom Parker and his wife Kelsey Hardwick in 2016.

Tom Parker and his wife Kelsey Hardwick in 2016.

while the singer Ed Sheeran showed his support for the musician’s family.

“So sad to hear of Tom’s passing. My thoughts and love go out to Kelsey, his children and his family. Very sad day, what a lovely guy.”

For her part, BBC Radio 1 DJ adele robertswho revealed in January that she had been treated for bowel cancer, called Parker “a hero and an inspiration.”

“It was very strong. Thank you for everything you did,” he shared on his Twitter account.


Last September, The Wanted reunited for a concert called Stand Up To Cancer (Facing Cancer) held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The band also raised money for the National Brain Appeal, which funds research and treatment at the UK’s National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

The UK-based nonprofit Brain Tumor Research issued a statement praising Parker for being honest about his illness and for his fundraising efforts.

“Since his diagnosis, Tom has spoken openly and honestly about the impact of the disease and in doing so has helped raise awareness of the devastation caused by brain tumours,” said Hugh Adams, spokesman for the charity.


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Tom Parker: The Wanted star dies at 33 from brain cancer