Wanted singer Tom Parker dies of brain tumor aged 33


LONDON — Tom Parker, member of British-Irish boy band The Wanted, has died after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. He was 33 years old.

The band announced that Parker passed away on Wednesday, “surrounded by his family and bandmates.”

Parker announced his diagnosis in October 2020 and underwent chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Earlier this year, he performed on stage with the band on their much-delayed reunion tour.

Wanted members Max George, Jay McGuiness, Siva Kaneswaran and Nathan Sykes said they were “devastated by the tragic and untimely loss” of their bandmate. “He was our brother, words cannot express the loss and sadness we feel. Always and forever in our hearts.

Formed in 2009, The Wanted had a string of hit singles, including UK No. 1s “All Time Low” and “Glad You Came”. The members split in 2014 after releasing three albums, but reunited for a September 2021 concert hosted by Parker at London’s Royal Albert Hall to support cancer charities.

Prior to the concert, Parker said, “It’s not that I ignore cancer, but I just don’t want to pay attention to it.”

“The more you pay attention to it, the more it consumes your life and I don’t want to consume my life.”

The Wanted released a greatest hits album in 2021, followed by a tour this year.

Parker is survived by his wife Kelsey Parker, a son and a daughter.

Kelsey Parker wrote on Instagram: “Our hearts are broken, Tom was the center of our world and we can’t imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence.”

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