The Wanted star Tom Parker dies aged 33 after brain tumour battle

·Editor, Yahoo Entertainment UK
·3-min read
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 14:  Tom Parker of The Wanted performs during the B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash at Allstate Arena on December 14, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for Radio.com)
Tom Parker of The Wanted performing in 2013. (Getty Images for Radio.com)

Tom Parker, the singer from the pop group The Wanted, has died aged 33.

His partner Kelsey announced the news on Instagram saying that the singer 'passed away peacefully earlier today with all of his family by his side'.

Parker was diagnosed with inoperable stage-four glioblastoma in 2020, while his wife Kelsey was pregnant with their second child.

"Our hearts are broken," Kelsey's post read.

"Tom was the centre of our world we can’t imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence."

A statement on the band’s Instagram page said: “Max, Jay, Siva, Nathan and the whole Wanted family are devastated by the tragic and premature loss of our bandmate Tom Parker, who passed away peacefully at lunchtime today surrounded by his family and his band mates.

Read more: Rod Stewart reached out after cancer diagnosis, says Parker

“Tom was an amazing husband to Kelsey, and father to Aurelia and Bodhi.

“He was our brother, words can’t express the loss and sadness we feel. Always and forever in our hearts.”

Tom Parker joined the rest of The Wanted on stage while seated on a throne. (Max George/Instagram)
Tom Parker joined the rest of The Wanted on stage while seated on a throne. (Instagram)

The Wanted formed in 2009 with Parker, Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Nathan Sykes and Jay McGuiness. They went on hiatus in 2014, and reformed last year.

Parker joined his bandmates on tour earlier this month for a special appearance alongside them on stage and, in photos that Max George shared from their time together, he was shown in a wheelchair.

He had been forced to pull out of tour dates to undergo cancer treatment, but joined Max George, Nathan Sykes, Siva Kaneswaran, and Jay McGuiness in surprise appearances at shows.

Last October, Parker told The Sun he was determined to defy the odds of his illness.

"They give you 12 to 18 months of survival," he said. "But that’s the general statistics. Everyone we’ve spoken to has been way, way beyond that.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 04:  Tom Parker and Kelsey Hardwick attend The London Cabaret Club launch party at The Bloomsbury Ballroom on May 4, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett / Getty Images for The London Cabaret Club )
Tom Parker and Kelsey Hardwick in 2016. (Getty Images for The London Cabaret Club)

"Now, we’re aiming to be cancer-free by March. That’s the aim. This disease is always there. You might have residual cells but just not active."

In December last year, Parker spoke at an all-party parliamentary group on brain tumours via video-link.

"I’m staggered they can find a cure for COVID within a year but, for decades on end, they haven’t found better treatments let alone a cure for brain tumours," he said.

Read more: The Wanted's Tom Parker tearful as he says brain tumour is 'under control'

“Why is it taking so long for clinical trials to come through?”

Parker had undergone several rounds of chemotherapy and over 30 radiotherapy sessions, and revealed last week that he had written a book about his cancer battle.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes members of The Wanted attend the
The Wanted's Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes at the Inside My Head - The Concert at Royal Albert Hall in September 2021. (WireImage)

He told fans: "My book is not about dying: It's a book about living. It's a book about finding hope in whatever situation you're dealt, and living your best life no matter what."

He also appeared in a Channel 4 documentary in 2021, called Tom Parker: Inside My Head.

Watch: Tom Parker announces book