The single was originally released in support of Comic Relief in 2011, and now fans are buying and streaming the song again in the wake of Tom Parker’s tragic death
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Fans of The Wanted have lobbied for their hit single Gold Forever to re-enter the charts following the tragic death of band member Tom Parker.
The father-of-two sadly lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday after a two-year battle and was just 33 when he died.
Tom, who married actress Kelsey Hardwick in 2018, was a fifth in chart-topping band The Wanted alongside Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuinness and Nathan Sykes, and the group celebrated two number ones in 2010 with All Time Low and Glad You Came Hits in 2011.
Now fans are campaigning for 2011’s single Gold Forever – which was originally released in honor of Red Nose Day and reached number three on the charts at the time – to reach number one in honor of Tom.
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The single has already stormed back into the charts, peaked at number two on the iTunes UK Top Songs list – while the music video has topped the online streaming charts.
Fans shared their excitement at the single’s return to the spotlight with a tweet, “So happy to see Gold forever at #1 for videos, it’s so close to #1 on the iTunes charts too. Let’s get it #1 for Tom.”
Another wrote: “How powerful and amazing it is that gold charts forever. Hopefully that shows them how much they mean to all of us.”
And a third fan, one of many others paying tribute to singer Tom, wrote: “Spent this morning singing my heart out and listening to The Wanted on the way to work. It was cold but the sun was shining. Gold beats so differently now forever.”
On Wednesday, The Wanted released a statement to share the heartbreaking news that Tom has passed away.
They wrote: “Max, Jay, Siva, Nathan and the entire Wanted family are devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our bandmate Tom Parker, who passed away peacefully this afternoon surrounded by his family and bandmates.
“Tom was a great husband to Kelsey and father to Aurelia and Bodhi. He was our brother, words cannot express the loss and sadness we feel.
“Always and forever in our hearts.”
While Tom’s devastated wife originally broke the news, writing: “It is with a heavy heart that we confirm that Tom passed away peacefully earlier today with his entire family by his side.
“Our hearts are broken, Tom was the center of our world and we cannot imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence.
“We are truly grateful 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.
“Thanks to everyone who supported him throughout, he fought until the end. I am forever proud of you.”
Tom is survived by Kelsey and their children, daughter Aurelia, two, and son Bodhi, one year old.
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/wanteds-hit-gold-forever-soars-26599709 The Wanted hit 'Gold Forever' rockets up the charts as fans buy a song honoring Tom Parker