The Wanted's Tom Parker Dies At 33

By Kelly Fisher

March 30, 2022

Photo: Getty Images

Tom Parker has died after a devastating battle with brain cancer. He was 33. The artist’s bandmates from The Wanted shared a heartbreaking tribute to Parker on the band’s Instagram account on Wednesday (March 30), announcing that Parker “passed away peacefully” surrounded by loved ones. Parked leaves behind his wife, Kelsey, and two children, Aurelia and Bodhi. Bandmates remembered him as a brother when they sought the words to express their heartache. The Wanted’s caption reads:

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. 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.”

Parker was set to turn 34 in August. He and his wife, actress Kelsey Hardwick, tied the knot in 2018. The couple welcomed Aurelia Rose in June of 2019. Bodhi Thomas Paris followed in late 2020, around the time Parker revealed his diagnosis.

Parker announced in October of 2020 that he’d been diagnosed with a brain tumor, and vowed to fight it despite being “absolutely devastated” by the news. He shared in a heartfelt Instagram caption at the time: “There’s no easy way to say this but I’ve sadly been diagnosed with a Brain Tumour and I’m already undergoing treatment. …We are all absolutely devastated but we are gonna fight this all the way. We don’t want your sadness, we just want love and positivity and together we will raise awareness of this terrible disease and look for all available treatment options. It’s gonna be a tough battle but with everyone’s love and support we are going to beat this.” He added later that “we truly are overwhelmed with everyone’s love, support and positivity.”

Kelsey shared a heart-wrenching tribute of her own, sharing a photo of Parker and a photo of their family, writing that “Tom was the centre of our world and we can’t imagine life without his infections smile and energetic presence.” She also thanked everyone who stood by them as Parker fought the cancer. Her caption reads:

“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 ❤️💫✨❤️”
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