British singer Tom Parker died on March 30, 2022. His wife, Kelsey Hardwick, shared a statement with Instagram followers confirming his death.
“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,” she shared. “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.”
The singer announced in October 2020 that he had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. The Wanted member took to Instagram at the time and revealed that he was battling stage IV glioblastoma, an aggressive form of cancer that affects the brain or spinal cord.
“You know that we’ve both been quiet on social media for a few weeks and it’s time to tell you why,” he captioned a photo alongside Kelsey. “There’s no easy way to say this but I’ve sadly been diagnosed with a brain tumor and I’m already undergoing treatment. We decided, after a lot of thought, that rather than hiding away and trying to keep it a secret, we would do one interview where we could lay out all the details and let everyone know the facts in our own way.”
The couple spoke with Britain’s OK! Magazine, recalling his conversations with doctors.
“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,” Tom shared. “It was a lot to deal with by myself. I still haven’t processed it.”
Celebrities — including fellow The Wanted members Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes — all rallied around Tom amid the news. In September 2021, the group announced that they would be reuniting to perform at Tom’s Inside My Head benefit concert, which was hosted at Royal Albert Hall. All proceeds from the event went to Stand Up to Cancer and The National Brain Appeal.
Since he first shared the news of his brain tumor, Tom has often returned to social media with updates. In November 2021, the musician shared that the tumor was “under control” and stable.
“I’m sat here with tears in my eyes as I tell you,” he captioned a photo of his family, including kids Aurelia and Bodhi. “We’ve got my brain tumor under control. 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. Thank you for all your love and support over the last 12+ months.”
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