The Wanted singer Tom Parker has sadly passed away after being diagnosed with brain cancer, but not before raising a priceless amount of awareness for charity
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Tom Parker leaves a huge legacy following his tragic death from brain cancer – including the massive awareness he has brought to various charities.
The Wanted star, who tragically died this week after being diagnosed with end-stage brain cancer, glioblastoma, has the eternal gratitude of the charities he has supported over the last two years of his life.
Theresa Dauncey of the National Brain Appeal said: “Tom was a fantastic speaker and he chose to draw attention to the lack of funding. He was amazing, honest and positive.”
Brain Tumor Research’s Hugh Adams added that speaking so “openly and honestly” about his diagnosis, Tom drew the masses’ attention to the devastation caused by brain tumors.
Tom also spoke to MPs in the House of Commons in December, telling them: “I’m stunned that they can find a cure for Covid within a year, but they haven’t found better treatments let alone a cure for brain tumors in decades.”
Tom was just 33 when he died this week, leaving behind his wife Kelsey and their two young children, Aurelia and Bodhi.
Tom made his final appearance on stage in Liverpool on March 17th, seated on a throne surrounded by bandmates Nathan Sykes, Siva Kaneswaran, Max George and Jay McGuiness.
Sharing the heartbreaking news of his passing, Kelsey wrote on Instagram: “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.
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“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 joined The Wanted in 2009 after going to mass auditions for a boy band.
His bandmates also released a heartbreaking statement after his death.
They said: “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 surrounded by his family and bandmates this afternoon.
“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.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/wanteds-tom-parker-praised-gift-26608093 The Wanted's Tom Parker has been praised for the gift he gave to charities before tragically dying from cancer