Tom Parker, who rose to prominence as a member of the British boy band The Wanted, died on Wednesday, less than two years after being diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer. He was 33 years old.
The singer’s death was reported on the band’s Instagram page on Wednesday. “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 bandmates. 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,” read the post.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of Tom’s passing and send our deepest condolences to Kelsey, their children, and all of Tom’s loved ones,” Hugh Adams, head of stakeholder relations at Brain Tumour Research said. “His loss will be greatly felt by his bandmates from The Wanted, their fans and throughout the pop world. Since his diagnosis Tom has spoken openly and honestly about the impact of the disease and in doing so, has helped to raise awareness of the devastation caused by brain tumours.”
“In October 2021, the charity and a number of our supporters were fortunate to attend a never-to-be-forgotten The Wanted show at the Royal Albert Hall in London, documented in the extraordinary and emotional Channel 4 documentary ‘Tom Parker: Inside My Head’. We also met Tom at Westminster and in December, he attended the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Brain Tumours (APPGBT), where he established himself as a passionate advocate for more research into the disease.”
Kelsey Parker, Parker’s wife, announced the tragic news on her own Instagram page alongside two images of the singer, one of which featured the pair and their two children: Aurelia Rose, 2, and Bodhi Thomas, 1.