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Tom Parker was helping a woman who died six weeks earlier from joint brain cancer hell

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Grieving parents of Amani Liaquat say The Wanted star Tom Parker, who died this week at the age of 33 from a brain tumor, has been helping their daughter in her tragic battle with the same illness

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Tom Parker gives Yasmin Stannard an emotional interview

Grieving parents today share how singer Tom Parker helped their little girl through her darkest days as they both battled terminal brain cancer.

Amani Liaquat, 23, and The Wanted star Tom, 33, have bonded with the disease through their shared ordeal.

His texts and voice messages were a source of positivity and it was clear that she drew strength from their friendship.

One said last November: “I don’t understand. Why do you think you’re dying? you don’t die we don’t die We are young. We are fit enough.”

Others lifted their spirits as the upbeat Tom explained, “I know it’s scary but you’ll be fine… you got this!”

Tragically, both succumbed to the disease. Amani, a first-class law graduate who was engaged, died on February 21 – her sister Ruqayyah’s 21st birthday.

Dad-of-two Tom died last Wednesday – and Amani’s parents said it felt like losing another family member.

Her father Khuram Liaquat and mother Yasmin Stannard – who also have 16-year-old daughter Maleehah, 16 – speak movingly about their beloved daughter and their bond with Tom.

They met while the singer was filming a television documentary about his illness – Tom Parker: Inside My Head.

The Bolton-born star visited and was interviewed for Amani Podcast Chat2Amani.

Khuram, 49, from Luton, Beds, says: “Their journey, seizure stories and such were almost identical so it clicked straight away. Keeping him in touch, almost having that lifeline from Tom, gave Amani some hope and excitement.







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“She was a trapped soul, completely isolated from not being able to go out during the pandemic when she was sick. Tom was one of the few people who struggled with the same illness that struck her personally. Their exchange almost became a small topic of conversation.

“She could say, ‘Oh, me and Tom are friends.’ It has brought her so much joy over the last year.”

In September, Amani saw Tom and his band perform at London’s Royal Albert Hall with hits like Chasing The Sun and, appropriately enough, Glad You Came.

The anxious Amani faced more trauma over the next month, but Tom was back to support her.

Yasmin, also 49, says: “She texted Tom the day before the brain surgery. His voice memo said, “I’d shit it! But you’ll be fine. I am sure’.







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“He also texted to say, ‘Think of it this way, you could be in a position where you can’t do anything. You got that!’ That really helped her.”

On the day Amani died, Tom posted on Instagram: “My thoughts and love are with her family. She was an incredible young lady. Bright, smart, funny and I had the greatest pleasure of meeting her.”

He later sent Amani’s family a ceramic angel in a box, a candle that read “In Loving Memory”, a pack of forget-me-not seeds, and a silver picture frame. “We have this frame in our bedroom,” Yasmin says affectionately. “We put a picture of Amani when she was young.






Tom Parker with Amani and her family

“It was just so generous of him and his wife Kelsey and they were – always a support and a joy even when he was ill himself and going through so much with his own family.”

At the time, Tom was in Spain and was being treated in a private hospital.

Yasmin continues: “The day after Amani’s death, Tom wrote to me that he and Kelsey were sending love.

“I said, ‘The time you gave to Amani was the best gift. You gave her some of the best moments of 2021 and she was so excited.

“He said, ‘Oh Yasmin, that really means a lot.’ He was really good at putting us at ease. Just keep going, keep fighting.” Another example came on February 6 when Yasmin found Amani clutching her phone.

She explains: “It was gibberish what she wrote as she had lost feeling in one side of her body and was very unwell. Your vision went.

“But she had texted Tom in a rush of energy and although he wouldn’t have understood it he replied. Both of them persevered – Amani to get their masters and Tom for his concerts.”







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Amani was diagnosed with grade 4 glioblastoma multiforme, a rapidly growing brain tumor, on her 22nd birthday. Their fight lasted 22 months.

Tom – who leaves behind wife Kelsey and children Aurelia Rose, two, and Bodhi, one – lived 18 months after the same diagnosis in 2020. Attorney Khuram says: “It was like losing another family member – a family with a unique bond. ”

Yasmin says: “We were totally blown away when we heard about his death. heartbreaking. But one lesson from Amani and Tom is that no matter what you’re faced with, you can still make a difference.

“They could have curled up in a heap, but there was still so much Amani and Tom could accomplish after their diagnosis. We can all learn something from them.”

  • Listen to the Chat2Amani podcast with Tom here
  • You can also follow Fight4Amani on Instagram here

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