“What a lovely guy” – Ed Sheeran leads homage to Tom Parker from The Wanted


Ed Sheeran has spearheaded the music industry by sending “thoughts and love” to Tom Parker’s family after 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.

Sheeran was joined by Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp and Take That’s Howard Donald to pay tribute to the singer after news of his death broke.

He wrote on Instagram: “So sad to hear of Tom’s passing. Thoughts and love are with Kelsey, his children and family. Very sad day what a nice guy.”

Actor/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.”

Former One Direction star Liam Payne said he was “heartbroken” when he heard the news.

He added: “He was so full of life and humor and the memories I have of him will stay with me forever.

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“Sending my thoughts to his family and brothers in The Wanted.”

Davina McCall remembered Parker as the “kindest soul.”

The TV presenter wrote in a tweet: “Don’t know what to say.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Kelsey and the children and to Tom’s family including the missing boys. I am so sorry . The kindest soul.”

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.

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”

Boy band Blue also joined those paying tribute.

They said on Twitter: “We are deeply saddened by the death of Tom Parker. His fight was an inspiration and he changed the lives of everyone he came in contact with. Long may he be remembered for it. With love to all his family and close friends.”

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”.

Connor Ball of boy band The Vamps added: “33 is way too young so much sadness rest in peace Tom Parker”.

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star Baga Chipz wrote: “RIP Tom Parker. 33 is not old. Love to Kelsey, your family, friends, the band and all your fans.”

Stand Up To Cancer UK, for which Parker raised money through a benefit concert at the Royal Albert Hall, released a statement recognizing his work.

It said: “We are so sorry to hear from @TheWanted of the death of Tom Parker.

“Tom was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a type of brain tumor, in 2020. Our thoughts are with his wife Kelsey and her family today.”

Brain Tumor Research also released a statement applauding Parker’s fundraisers and campaigns.

Hugh Adams, Head of Stakeholder Relations, said: “We are deeply saddened to learn of Tom’s passing and offer our deepest condolences to Kelsey, her children and all of Tom’s family. His loss will be deeply felt by his The Wanted bandmates, their fans and the pop world at large.

“Since his diagnosis of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) in October 2020, Tom has spoken openly and honestly about the impact of the disease, helping to raise awareness of the devastation caused by brain cancer.”

He added, “We remember Tom for his passion, intelligence, eloquence and determination in the face of such adversity and will continue to remember him as we focus on our vision of finding a cure for all types of brain cancer.”

Parker announced in October 2020 that he had been diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma and had started radiation and chemotherapy.

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