The Wanted’s Tom Parker dies from brain cancer at 33

Tom Parker of British-Irish boy band The Wanted died Wednesday. He was 33.

The singer’s wife, Kelsey Parker, announced on Instagram that he lost his battle with terminal brain cancer.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we confirm Tom passed away peacefully earlier today with all of his family by his side. Our hearts are broken,” she wrote.

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

Kelsey, 32, then thanked Tom’s fans for their support.

“We are truly thankful for the outpouring of love and support and ask that we all unite to ensure Tom’s light continues to shine for his beautiful children,” she concluded.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported in his care throughout. He fought until the very end. I’m forever proud of you ❤️💫✨❤️.”

The couple shared children Aurelia and Bodhi.
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Tom — who shared 2-year-old daughter Aurelia and 1-year-old son Bodhi with Kelsey — was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor known as glioblastoma in October 2020, sharing the news via Instagram.

“We are all absolutely devastated but we are gonna fight this all the way,” he wrote. “We don’t want your sadness, we just want love and positivity and together we will raise awareness of this terrible disease and look for all available treatment options. It’s gonna be a tough battle but with everyone’s love and support we are going to beat this.”

Tom underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments and announced in November 2021 that his tumor was “under control.”

Parker was a member of boy band The Wanted.
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“I’m sat here with tears in my eyes as i tell you. We’ve got my brain tumor under control,” he wrote on Instagram four months prior to his death. “We had the results from my latest scan…and I’m delighted to say it is STABLE. 😭😭😊😊Such a mix of emotions. We couldn’t ask for any more really at this point; a year or so in to this journey. Honestly over the moon. We can sleep a little easier tonight.”

Tom joined The Wanted in 2009, and the band went on to release hits including “Glad You Came,” “All Time Low” and “I Found You.” He was also a DJ and played Danny Zuko in a “Grease” musical tour in the UK in 2017.

The Wanted went on hiatus in 2014 but reunited in 2021 for a greatest hits album and a charity concert in London in support of Tom.