Tom Parker writing memoir amid brain cancer battle
Tom Parker, member of the pop band The Wanted, has died at the age of 33 from brain cancer.
The singer revealed he had been diagnosed with an inoperable grade 4 glioblastoma in 2020. For the past two years, Parker documented his journey on social media.
On Wednesday, Parker's wife, Kelsey, announced in an Instagram post that Parker had died earlier in the day.
"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, Tom was the centre of our world and we can’t imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence. 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. Thank you to everyone who has supported in his care throughout, he fought until the very end. I’m forever proud of you," Kelsey Parker wrote.
Fans sent outpourings of love to Parker's family and tributes via social media.
Rest in peace Tom Parker, thank you for playing one of the biggest roles in my childhood and allowing me to grow up with you as one of my biggest influences. i love you and you will be missed<3 #RIPTomParker #TomParker #TheWantedpic.twitter.com/WUuWEn4FJH
Genuinely lost for words with how devastating the passing of Tom Parker is. The Wanted played such a pivotal part in my life growing up & it was such an honour to have been a huge fan of a man who was simply funny, kind & good to his very core. Thank you, @TomParker
RIP Tom Parker. 33 .. no age at all My heart majorly goes out to his beautiful wife & children. Never take a single day for granted and never wait to tell somebody you love and care about them. Heartbreaking https://twitter.com/LissJade_/status/1509202560426643456/photo/1pic.twitter.com/YJwJ6Jt0fs\u00a0pic.twitter.com/yRlJQKA6Jx
Earlier in the week, Parker announced he had written an autobiography about his life and experience with a brain tumor called Hope. "This is not a book 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," Parker wrote in a post.
The book will be released on July 21st.
Parker was a founding member of the British-Irish boyband, The Wanted. The group had numerous hit songs including Glad You Came, Chasing the Sun, and I Found You.
Despite Parker's cancer battle, the 33-year-old made an effort to join his bandmates for their UK reunion tour by making a surprise appearance at the Bournemouth concert.
i saw tom parker literally two weeks ago on stage at the wanted tour. my last ever memory of him will be seeing him able to spend time doing what he loved with his band mates and fans, where he was happy, & that will stay in my heart forever. i can\u2019t believe this
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Parker is survived by his wife, Kelsey, and children, Aurelia and Bodhi.
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