Tom Parker has died, leaving behind his wife and two kids, aged two and one. His wife, Kelsey Hardwick, announced his tragic passing.
According to his wife, Parker died on March 30 with his family and fellow bandmates beside him:
"It is with the heaviest of hearts that we confirm Tom passed away peacefully earlier today with all of his family by his side."
His wife announced on Instagram, where she described the man as the center of their world and a positive influence on their lives:
"We can't imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence."
Kelsey also thanked everyone for the support and love they had given the family following Parker's passing. She claimed that her husband had fought until the very end.
In October 2020, Parker revealed that he had received a cancer diagnosis. He had inoperable stage 4 glioblastoma, and doctors estimated that he only had 18 months to live.
After the diagnosis, Parker had several rounds of chemo. He also underwent radiation therapy.
He was able to join other members of his band as they went on their recent reunion tour. During the tour, he performed as he sat on a throne.
After a year of learning about his medical condition, Parker told his fans on social media that the cancer was "under control." Unfortunately, his condition worsened recently, and pictures shared by his family and bandmates revealed that he was wheelchair-bound.
Parker became part of The Wanted in 2009. The band created 10 UK top ten singles and three top ten albums.
On their Instagram page, The Wanted said, "Max, Jay, Siva and Nathan, and the whole Wanted family are devastated by the tragic and premature loss." The statement revealed that Parker had died peacefully in the presence of his family and bandmates.
The band also claimed that Parker was a wonderful husband to Kelsey and a 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."
A week before his death on 30 March, Parker had claimed that he had written a book about his life and battle with cancer. In the memoir of the book, which he titled Hope, he said:
"My book is not about dying: It's a book about living. It's a book about finding hope in whatever situation you're dealt, and living your best life no matter what."