The Wanted’s Tom Parker lost his battle with terminal brain cancer on Wednesday. He was 33.
“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,” his wife Kelsey announced on Instagram. “Tom was the center of our world and we can’t imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence.”
The “Glad You Came” singer was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in the summer of 2020, after suffering from seizures. The type of tumor, a stage four glioblastoma, has a typical survival rate of up to 18 months.
“They pulled the curtain around my bed and said, ‘It’s a brain tumor.’ All I could think was, ‘F–king hell!’ I was in shock. It’s stage four glioblastoma and they’ve said it’s terminal,” Parker said in October 2020. “It was a lot to deal with by myself. I still haven’t processed it.”
Tom Parker, the singer and member of The Wanted, has passed away at age 33 after a battle with cancer. He’ll be remembered not only for his talent, but for his courage and his charity work while fighting cancer. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and bandmates. pic.twitter.com/YKo9a3BFU2
— MTV (@MTV) March 30, 2022
He underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments every two to three weeks, and announced that his condition was “stable” in November 2021.
“I’m sat here with tears in my eyes as i tell you. We’ve got my brain tumor under control,” Parker posted on Instagram. “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.”
Just four months later, Parker succumbed to the disease, leaving behind his wife Kelsey, and their two children, Aurelia, 2, and Bodhi, 1.
“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,” his band said in a statement. “He was our brother, words can’t express the loss and sadness we feel. Always and forever in our hearts.”
Such sad news 💔 The Wanted’s Tom Parker has passed away, we send so much love to all of his friends and family at this difficult time ❤️ pic.twitter.com/AtoAd0DVlX
— PrettyLittleThing (@OfficialPLT) March 30, 2022