Tom Parker, the English singer who found fame as a member of the best-selling boy band The Wanted, has died. He was just 33.
Parker passed away from terminal brain cancer, according to reports.
Tom Parker, the Wanted singer, dies
The singer revealed his diagnosis in 2020. His wife, Kelsey Hardwick Parker, confirmed his tragic death in an Instagram message.
“Our hearts are broken, Tom was the centre of our world and we can’t imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence,” the post said.
“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.”
Born in Bolton, England, Parker was left “shattered” and didn’t sing for two years when he was rejected by the The X Factor at age 16, the BBC reported.
He found success in 2009, joining Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Nathan Sykes and Jay McGuiness to form The Wanted. The band became a sensation with the U.K. number-one hits “Glad You Came” and “All Time Low” before disbanding in 2014.
Band pays tribute
After Parker’s diagnosis was revealed, the band reunited in 2021 for a cancer charity concert in September at the Royal Albert Hall, organized by Parker, and released a greatest hits album. Parker, who also joined the band for one last tour this year, said he didn’t want his illness to control his life.
“It’s not that I’m ignoring cancer but I just don’t want to pay it any attention,” Parker said. “The more attention you pay it, the more it consumes your life and I don’t want to consume my life.”
Parker’s bandmates said that he “passed away peacefully at lunchtime today surrounded by his family and his band mates.”
“He was our brother, words can’t express the loss and sadness we feel. Always and forever in our hearts,” a statement from the band said in part.
The young singer is survived by his wife, Kelsey, and two kids.