Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp and Take That’s Howard Donald paid tribute to Tom Parker’s “courage, struggle and spirit” following his death aged 33.
The wanted star died on Wednesday surrounded by close friends and family, 17 months after announcing he had been diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Famous names from the music and television worlds shared their tributes after the news broke via a statement on his band’s social media accounts.
Tom Parker rest in peace my love goes out to all your family and all your friends.. your bravery, your struggle and your spirit will never be forgotten
— Martin Kemp (@realmartinkemp) March 30, 2022
Actor and musician Kemp tweeted, “Tom Parker rest in peace my love goes out to all your family and all your friends…your courage, your struggle and your spirit will never be forgotten.”
Donald offered his condolences to Parker’s wife, Kelsey, and their two children.
He said on Twitter: “So young and so sad. RIP @TomParker from @thewanted. Strength and love for his family.”
Singer Joe McElderry, who won The X Factor in 2009, tweeted: “So very very sad (emoji) life can be cruel! My thoughts to his family and friends.”
TV presenter Rylan Clark also paid tribute.
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He said: “I just saw the news about Tom and it absolutely sucks. He was such a good guy. So sad to hear.
“Sending my love to Kelsey and the children. Terrible news x #RipTom x”
I just saw the news about Tom and it absolutely sucks. He was such a good guy. So sad to hear. Kind regards to Kelsey and the children. Terrible news x #RipTom x❤️
— RYLAN (@Rylan) March 30, 2022
Union J singer JJ Hamblett called Parker “an incredible artist and real family man”.
He tweeted, “I just saw the news…I’m speechless!!!”
“Tom Parker was such a nice guy who was an amazing artist and real family man!
“Such a cruel, cruel world… RIP Tom… you will be missed but never forgotten”.
I just saw the news… I’m speechless!!! Tom Parker was such a nice guy who was an amazing artist and real family man! ❤️ Such a cruel cruel world 😢 RIP Tom.. you will be missed but never forgotten 💔
— JJ (@JJHamblett) March 30, 2022
Parker announced in October 2020 that he had been diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma and had started radiation and chemotherapy.
He performed with his bandmates at a Stand Up To Cancer concert in December, which was their first time performing together since 2014.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/music-world-pays-tribute-to-bravery-fight-and-spirit-of-tom-parker-41505082.html The music world pays tribute to Tom Parker’s ‘Bravery, Fight and Spirit’