Tom Parker Appeared On Stage With The Wanted For One Of Their Final Performances
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A video has emerged showing the moment The Wanted’s Tom Parker joined his bandmates to perform the final song at one of their shows.
The tragic news that Parker had passed away following a battle with brain cancer was confirmed by his family today (30 March).
Earlier this month, the singer took to the stage to perform The Wanted’s last track of the night, 'Glad You Came'.
Although he missed the start of their comeback tour as he was undergoing cancer treatment in Spain, the late 33-year-old did make it for a few of their UK shows including at Manchester's AO Arena and the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.
Parker remained seated as his illness left him too weak to stand, but he maintained his positive demeanour throughout, and was supported by his bandmates Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes as he sat on a custom-made throne.
Safe to say the crowds went wild, with one sharing a clip of one of the performances on TikTok while writing: “The band that’ll forever have my heart.”
Parker first revealed to his fans that he had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in October 2020.
Despite going through treatment, the singer sadly lost his battle, leaving behind children Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one, as well as his wife Kelsey, 32.
Sharing the news on Instagram today (30 March), Kelsey wrote: "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."
Tributes continue to pour in for the late singer, including from the band themselves who shared a heartfelt Instagram post.
“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,” they said.
“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. Tom Parker 1988-2022.”