Tom Parker passed away earlier this week with fans gathered at a number of locations tonight to pay their respects and commemorate the late singer
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A series of vigils were held across the country today as fans of Tom Parker mourn the loss of The Wanted member, who tragically passed away earlier this week.
The singer was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer in 2020, although it was announced on Wednesday (March 30) that he had passed away.
The tragic news has led to a spate of tributes for the actor in recent days and a number of vigils have now been held in his honor by fans.
They have gathered at various locations across the country including London, Liverpool and Nottingham – with messages and balloons shared in his memory.
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The vigil in the capital was described by one attendee as a “perfect tribute”, with footage showing fans releasing balloons in the shape of his initials T and P.
Mourners are said to have sung The Wanted song ‘Gold Forever’ at the vigil in Leicester Square, cheering loudly and hugging the daily mail.
Fans took to social media tonight to document vigils elsewhere in the country, including in Liverpool – where they gathered at the M&S Bank Arena.
The vigil included live music and later the crowd released balloons over the Mersey, each with messages of remembrance for Tom, as reported by the Liverpool echo.
The mass of balloons – similar to other locations – are decorated with hearts with song lyrics and some in the form of the late singer’s initials as part of the tribute.
The Liverpool gathering would have been particularly poignant for fans as last month the M&S Bank Arena hosted the Wanted’s final performance with Tom.
There are also said to have been vigils in Newcastle, Manchester and Cardiff, among others, with fans also gathering in Nottingham tonight.
Photos from social media showed fans placing flowers, photos, candles and balloons in a designated area around town – in conjunction with the vigils elsewhere.
The memorial services come after Tom’s wife Kelsey Parker, 32, – the mother of his two young children – launched a fundraiser in his honor.
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It was announced shortly after an episode of Pointless Celebrities – filmed last year – in which Tom and bandmate Max George, 33, attended cancer charities.
Viewers cried as the couple – who made it to the final round of the celebrity special – won the £2,500 jackpot for Brain Tumor Charity and Brain Research UK.
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