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Tom Parker‘s family and friends were joined by hundreds of fans for his funeral in south-east London on Wednesday. 

The Wanted star’s bandmates Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes were pictured carrying the star’s black coffin adorned with lilies into the Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Petts Wood after the funeral procession.

Earlier, the pop singer’s widow, Kelsey, whom he married in 2018, broke down as she led a cortege featuring three black horses through Petts Wood, walking arm in arm with her parents. 

As the coffin was carried into the church the Oasis song Champagne Supernova was played. It was previously revealed that in his final moments, Tom asked to listen to the Oasis song ‘Live Forever’ along with his friends, family and fellow bandmates as he passed on. 

The Wanted bandmember died on March 30 aged 33 surrounded by his loved ones and bandmates, following a two-year battle with stage 4 glioblastoma.  

Loss: Tom Parker's  The Wanted bandmates Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes were pictured carrying the star's black coffin into the Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Petts Wood for his funeral on Wednesday

Loss: Tom Parker's  The Wanted bandmates Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes were pictured carrying the star's black coffin into the Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Petts Wood for his funeral on Wednesday

Loss: Tom Parker’s  The Wanted bandmates Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes were pictured carrying the star’s black coffin into the Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Petts Wood for his funeral on Wednesday

Tears: Earlier, the pop singer's widow, Kelsey, whom he married in 2018, broke down as she watched the funeral procession with her parents and Tom's mum and dad (right)

Tears: Earlier, the pop singer's widow, Kelsey, whom he married in 2018, broke down as she watched the funeral procession with her parents and Tom's mum and dad (right)

Tears: Earlier, the pop singer’s widow, Kelsey, whom he married in 2018, broke down as she watched the funeral procession with her parents and Tom’s mum and dad (right)

Tom’s bandmates dressed in black suits and comforted each other as they waited to carry the coffin. Nathan, who had his long hair tied back in a pony tail, placed his arm round Max, who wore a flat cap pulled low over his face.  

Flowers spelling out the word ‘Daddy’ from Tom’s children two children Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one, adorned the side of the carriage while a flowered sign that spelled the word ‘Tom’ in red roses was attached to the front.

Fans dressed in black gathered along the high street and fell silent as his coffin was placed into the horse-drawn carriage.

Many people were crying as the black coffin, with a spray of lilies on top, was taken from W Uden & Sons funeral parlour to the church.

Tragic: The Wanted bandmember died on Wednesday March 30 aged 33 surrounded by his loved ones and bandmates, following a two-year battle with stage 4 glioblastoma, pictured the order of service for the funeral

Tragic: The Wanted bandmember died on Wednesday March 30 aged 33 surrounded by his loved ones and bandmates, following a two-year battle with stage 4 glioblastoma, pictured the order of service for the funeral

Father: Multi-coloured flowers shaped to read the word "daddy", with photographs of handprints from his children, Bodhi, one and Aurelia, two, were carried into the church service after adorning the carriage

Father: Multi-coloured flowers shaped to read the word "daddy", with photographs of handprints from his children, Bodhi, one and Aurelia, two, were carried into the church service after adorning the carriage

Tragic: The Wanted bandmember died on Wednesday March 30 aged 33 surrounded by his loved ones and bandmates, following a two-year battle with stage 4 glioblastoma, pictured left the order of service for the funeral and flowers spelling out the word ‘Daddy’

Loss: Earlier, the pop singer's widow, Kelsey, whom he married in 2018, broke down as she led a cortege featuring three black horses through Petts Wood, walking arm in arm with her parents

Loss: Earlier, the pop singer's widow, Kelsey, whom he married in 2018, broke down as she led a cortege featuring three black horses through Petts Wood, walking arm in arm with her parents

Loss: Earlier, the pop singer’s widow, Kelsey, whom he married in 2018, broke down as she led a cortege featuring three black horses through Petts Wood, walking arm in arm with her parents

Pallbearers: Tom's The Wanted bandmates were pictured carrying the black coffin into church after the funeral procession

Pallbearers: Tom's The Wanted bandmates were pictured carrying the black coffin into church after the funeral procession

Pallbearers: Tom’s The Wanted bandmates were pictured carrying the black coffin into church after the funeral procession

Funeral procession: As the black coffin, with a spray of lilies on top, was taken from W Uden & Sons funeral parlour to the church, fans fell silent along the procession route

Funeral procession: As the black coffin, with a spray of lilies on top, was taken from W Uden & Sons funeral parlour to the church, fans fell silent along the procession route

Funeral procession: As the black coffin, with a spray of lilies on top, was taken from W Uden & Sons funeral parlour to the church, fans fell silent along the procession route 

A photograph of Parker in a white rose-adorned frame was placed inside the carriage, alongside multi-coloured flowers shaped to read the word ‘daddy’, with photographs of handprints from his children, Bodhi and Aurelia.

Hundreds of fans cheered and clapped as the family, led by Parker’s widow Kelsey, walked behind the carriage to the church. 

Parker died last month at the age of 33, surrounded by his family and bandmates, 17 months after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

Family and close friends of the star gathered in The Sovereign Of The Seas pub opposite the funeral parlour before the procession began.

Outside St Francis of Assisi church, flowers spelled out the words ‘Glad You Came’, the title of The Wanted’s 2011 hit that went to number one in multiple countries.

Fans arrived wearing personalised t-shirts with the words: ‘This man was a legend a legend of his time’. 

Close: Jay McGuinness was in tears as he joined his bandmates and other pallbearers to carry the coffin into the church, whole Oasis track Champagne Supernova played

Close: Jay McGuinness was in tears as he joined his bandmates and other pallbearers to carry the coffin into the church, whole Oasis track Champagne Supernova played

Close: Jay McGuinness was in tears as he joined his bandmates and other pallbearers to carry the coffin into the church, whole Oasis track Champagne Supernova played

Bandmate: Max George, wearing a flat cap and waistcoat was seen lifting the coffin as it arrived

Bandmate: Max George, wearing a flat cap and waistcoat was seen lifting the coffin as it arrived

Bandmate: Max George, wearing a flat cap and waistcoat was seen lifting the coffin as it arrived

Hit makers: Throughout his adult years Tom was instantly recognisable to many teenager and young people thanks to the success of his band

Hit makers: Throughout his adult years Tom was instantly recognisable to many teenager and young people thanks to the success of his band

Hit makers: Throughout his adult years Tom was instantly recognisable to many teenager and young people thanks to the success of his band 

Friends and bandmates: Tom performed with his band for the final time just two weeks before he died

Friends and bandmates: Tom performed with his band for the final time just two weeks before he died

Friends and bandmates: Tom performed with his band for the final time just two weeks before he died

Band: The Wanted stars were pictured walking to the church, dressed in black suits and ties

Band: The Wanted stars were pictured walking to the church, dressed in black suits and ties

Band: The Wanted stars were pictured walking to the church, dressed in black suits and ties

Lining the streets: Earlier the band had joined hundreds of fans to pay their respects as the hearse travelled through Pett's Wood in South East London

Lining the streets: Earlier the band had joined hundreds of fans to pay their respects as the hearse travelled through Pett's Wood in South East London

Lining the streets: Earlier the band had joined hundreds of fans to pay their respects as the hearse travelled through Pett’s Wood in South East London

Bandmates: Max arrived hand in hand with his girlfriend Stacey Giggs as he joined bandmate Siva

Bandmates: Max arrived hand in hand with his girlfriend Stacey Giggs as he joined bandmate Siva

Bandmates: Max arrived hand in hand with his girlfriend Stacey Giggs as he joined bandmate Siva

Family: Tom's parents Noreen and Nigel Parker were seen holding hands as they stood alongside Kelsey and her mum and dad

Family: Tom's parents Noreen and Nigel Parker were seen holding hands as they stood alongside Kelsey and her mum and dad

Family: Tom’s parents Noreen and Nigel Parker were seen holding hands as they stood alongside Kelsey and her mum and dad

Support: Kelsey, wearing sunglasses, was held up by family members as they watched the procession pass

Support: Kelsey, wearing sunglasses, was held up by family members as they watched the procession pass

Support: Kelsey, wearing sunglasses, was held up by family members as they watched the procession pass 

Friend: One Direction star Liam Payne, who performed at a Stand Up 2 Cancer charity concert organised by Tom was also present for the service

Friend: One Direction star Liam Payne, who performed at a Stand Up 2 Cancer charity concert organised by Tom was also present for the service

Friend: One Direction star Liam Payne, who performed at a Stand Up 2 Cancer charity concert organised by Tom was also present for the service 

Kevin George and Susan Potter, from Orpington, whose eldest son Daniel died in 2018 aged 22 from an astrocytoma Grade 3 brain tumour, were among those waiting outside the church ahead of the funeral of The Wanted star Tom Parker.

Asked whether Parker’s campaigning for brain tumour research in his final months had affected her, Ms Potter, who was carrying a framed picture of her son, said: ‘Of course it did, especially the BBC One interview that they did and the way he dealt with it. It was exactly how my son dealt with it – exactly.

‘In fact, at his funeral we played Bon Jovi, It’s My Life, because that kind of (message) – it’s my life, I am going to live it now, I am going to live it today.’

Mr George added: ‘It’s good. It is raising the profile as well. He has raised a lot of money for research, which is what it needs.

Paying their respects: Kelsey had invited mourners to gather outside the Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Petts Wood for the 10:45am service, where screens broadcasted the service

Paying their respects: Kelsey had invited mourners to gather outside the Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Petts Wood for the 10:45am service, where screens broadcasted the service

Paying their respects: Kelsey had invited mourners to gather outside the Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Petts Wood for the 10:45am service, where screens broadcasted the service 

Loyal following: Fans dressed in black broke down in tears as they waited for the service to begin on Wednesday

Loyal following: Fans dressed in black broke down in tears as they waited for the service to begin on Wednesday

Loyal following: Fans dressed in black broke down in tears as they waited for the service to begin on Wednesday

Tributes: Outside St Francis of Assisi church, flowers spelled out the words 'Glad You Came', the title of The Wanted's 2011 hit that went to number one in multiple countries

Tributes: Outside St Francis of Assisi church, flowers spelled out the words 'Glad You Came', the title of The Wanted's 2011 hit that went to number one in multiple countries

Tributes: Outside St Francis of Assisi church, flowers spelled out the words ‘Glad You Came’, the title of The Wanted’s 2011 hit that went to number one in multiple countries

‘A lot of other cancers have almost been eradicated. They need to have more research into brain tumours.’ 

Super-fan Stefanie Marek, 29, had flown from Austria on Tuesday to witness the funeral procession. The IT trainee said fellow fans waiting along the procession route had shared special memories they had of Parker and The Wanted over the years.

‘I have come all the way from Austria, I came in from London Gatwick yesterday because I saw the announcement Kelsey made and I saw (Tom) in Nottingham not too long ago and I can’t believe he is gone, so I thought I might as well come out here and pay respects to him and give my condolences. 

‘They all grew really dear to me and now that Tom’s gone physically it really hit hard because you didn’t expect it to happen so soon, especially at 33 years of age.’ 

T-shirt tributes: Fans arrived wearing personalised t-shirts with the words: 'This man was a legend a legend of his time'

T-shirt tributes: Fans arrived wearing personalised t-shirts with the words: 'This man was a legend a legend of his time'

T-shirt tributes: Fans arrived wearing personalised t-shirts with the words: ‘This man was a legend a legend of his time’

Fans: Kelsey previously said it would be 'beautiful' to see his devotees 'line the route' to the venue where his friends and family will pay tribute

Fans: Kelsey previously said it would be 'beautiful' to see his devotees 'line the route' to the venue where his friends and family will pay tribute

Fans: Kelsey previously said it would be ‘beautiful’ to see his devotees ‘line the route’ to the venue where his friends and family will pay tribute

Hit music: Floral tributes covered the pavement outside the church where fans gathered

Hit music: Floral tributes covered the pavement outside the church where fans gathered

Hit music: Floral tributes covered the pavement outside the church where fans gathered 

Floral tribute: A large red rose heart with Tom's name was placed on top of hearse for the procession

Floral tribute: A large red rose heart with Tom's name was placed on top of hearse for the procession

Floral tribute: A large red rose heart with Tom’s name was placed on top of hearse for the procession

Kelsey previously said it would be ‘beautiful’ to see his devotees ‘line the route’ to the venue where his friends and family will pay tribute. 

Kelsey has also politely requested that people donate to her GoFundMe account instead of sending gifts and flowers, as she explained the proceeds would be going to causes in Tom’s name.

She wrote on Instagram: ‘I am Kelsey Parker, very proud wife of Tom Parker, probably best known for being one fifth of UK boyband The Wanted, but to those who knew him he was my husband, a Daddy, son, brother and friend.

‘As many of you know, Tom was diagnosed with a brain tumour in October 2020 and on Wednesday 30th March 2022 he passed away peacefully with all of his closest friends and family by his side.

Tears: Fans broke down as they watched the coffin passed, breaking out into applause before falling silent

Tears: Fans broke down as they watched the coffin passed, breaking out into applause before falling silent

Tears: Fans broke down as they watched the coffin passed, breaking out into applause before falling silent

Loyal: Fans had travelled from across the world to be in London for their idol's funeral

Loyal: Fans had travelled from across the world to be in London for their idol's funeral

Loyal: Fans had travelled from across the world to be in London for their idol's funeral

Loyal: Fans had travelled from across the world to be in London for their idol's funeral

Loyal: Fans had travelled from across the world to be in London for their idol’s funeral 

Loss: The Wanted's loyal following shared hugs and memories of the star before the service began

Loss: The Wanted's loyal following shared hugs and memories of the star before the service began

Loss: The Wanted’s loyal following shared hugs and memories of the star before the service began

‘Our hearts are truly broken, Tom was the centre of our world and we can’t imagine life without him, but one of the biggest sources of comfort over the last 2 years has been the outpouring of love and support we’ve all received.

‘We can’t thank everyone enough for holding Tom, myself and the children in your thoughts and prayers, for lighting candles and sharing beautiful messages of hope and condolence.’

Kelsey explained how she she desires to turn the grief into something ‘positive’ and ‘keep Tom’s memory alive forever.’

‘We want to take everyone’s incredible love, support and generosity and turn our grief into something positive and to keep Tom’s memory alive forever. We politely request that instead of gifts and flowers, donations are made to this GoFundMe account with all proceeds eventually going to amazing causes in Tom’s name, to help others in need.

‘We simply couldn’t have got through the last 2 years without the help and support we have received and if we can offer it back to others that would be the best way to honour Tom and make our two children, Aurelia and Bodhi proud,’ Kelsey said.

She signed off: ‘From the bottom of our hearts, a huge thank you. If love alone could have saved Tom, he would have lived forever…’.

To date, the fundraiser has surpassed the goal by £30,000, with donations amounting to an incredible £58,000 on the day of the funeral .

Tom ensured his young family were provided for by buying a ‘forever home’ touring and writing a memoir just months before his death from brain cancer aged 33.

‘He was my childhood’: The Wanted fans share their memories of Tom Parker as they arrive at his funeral

Kevin George and Susan Potter, from Orpington, whose eldest son Daniel died in 2018 aged 22 from an astrocytoma Grade 3 brain tumour, were among those waiting outside the church ahead of the funeral of The Wanted star Tom Parker.

Asked whether Parker’s campaigning for brain tumour research in his final months had affected her, Ms Potter, who was carrying a framed picture of her son, said: ‘Of course it did, especially the BBC One interview that they did and the way he dealt with it. It was exactly how my son dealt with it – exactly.

‘In fact, at his funeral we played Bon Jovi, It’s My Life, because that kind of (message) – it’s my life, I am going to live it now, I am going to live it today.’

Mr George added: ‘It’s good. It is raising the profile as well. He has raised a lot of money for research, which is what it needs.

‘A lot of other cancers have almost been eradicated. They need to have more research into brain tumours.’ 

Ahead of the cortege for Tom Parker, receptionist Chloe Mayne, 25 from Plumstead and a self-professed ‘super-fan’ of the late singer, told the PA news agency: ‘It was amazing seeing him (perform live).

‘It’s horrible that I saw him at the O2 and then two weeks later he died. The day he died it really hit me. To be fair I don’t think anyone was expecting it that quickly, I thought he’d have at least another Christmas and maybe next year.

‘He did look bad but then he was in Spain for three weeks having treatment before the tour started so I think everyone thought it was bad because of that.

‘Most shows he did one song on the tour but at the O2 he did two because I think his kid was there, he did Gold Forever and Glad You Came.

‘He was sitting in a chair but it was amazing, it looked like he was having the time of his life.’

Ms Mayne said she was 15 when she became a fan of The Wanted and had attended around 25 of the boy band’s concerts, adding: ‘He was my childhood really.’

Laura Chalk, 24, from Essex said outside Tom Parker’s funeral: ‘I still don’t believe that Tom is gone; he has such a special place in my heart.

‘Being here is helping me let go a bit, I think it is nice for Kelsey and his kids to see such a crowd of his fans and show how much he meant to the world.

‘I was very young and I used to have Top Of The Pops magazine, there was this new band The Wanted and I didn’t really have internet – my parents were quite strict – and I heard All Time Low and from then I have been The Wanted crazy.

‘I was too young to afford my own tickets around the time but I saw them for my first and only time in London for their last tour.

‘Just a few weeks ago, I was travelling to America the week after so it happened when I was out there and it was just heart-breaking because I didn’t have anyone to comfort me or understood.

‘That’s why I’m here today because I missed the vigils.

‘The reunion tour was incredible. When he came out I had tears gushing, it was so nice to see them all together and I didn’t even think about how long it would be and I was just living in that moment. It was just the best most incredible night.

‘I am a big fan. Honestly it is a real privilege to be here. It is special because I feel like a funeral should be private, immediate family and friends, but I feel The Wanted fans are a family and always have been and I know Tom really loved every single one of his.’

Susie Mayaka, 40, came down from Lincoln yesterday, staying overnight in London, to join the service this morning.

She said: ‘Tom’s death is just tragic. He was so talented and he was so loved by so many people. I loved The Wanted so much – I’ve followed them since the start so it means a lot to me to come here today.’

Aarti Gledhill, 54, from nearby Orpington said she felt compelled to come to pay her respects to Tom as he was so local. She said: ‘He was so young to lose his life. And he had two children – it’s utterly devastating.

‘I just thought I’ve got to come because it’s so tragic to die at 33 – it seems so unfair.’

Two fans, who had travelled hours to pay their respects to the late The Wanted singer, said it was down to the band that they became friends a decade ago.

Katie Thurston, 25, from Bristol, said: ‘We met 10 years ago at one of their gigs and we’ve done every gig together since then. ‘Today feels a bit like closure in a way. It’s weird because we don’t know him but we feel like we do.

‘It’s sad because you feel like these people are going to live forever – you put them in a little bubble. We were devastated when we heard the news.’

Katie and her friend Tilly Gilfedder, 24, said they saw The Wanted live for the last time just six days before Tom passed away. The pair had attended six dates on the band’s reunion tour. Katie added: ‘It was a shock even though deep down we all knew it was coming.

‘I think we thought he might have a little bit longer. Although it was expected it was still very upsetting.’

Tilly, who had travelled all the way from Leicester to join the service today, added: ‘We’ve been fans of The Wanted since day one. ‘We’ve been here since the beginning and we’re here till the end.’

She explained that it’s her birthday today but she felt compelled to pay her respects to Tom instead of celebrating. She added: ‘Tom meant so much to us. ‘Our memories of him will last a lifetime. We wouldn’t miss it for the world.’

 

 

 

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Support: The funeral is taking place at Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Petts Wood at 10:45am, where screens will broadcast the service

Support: The funeral is taking place at Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Petts Wood at 10:45am, where screens will broadcast the service

Support: The funeral is taking place at Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Petts Wood at 10:45am, where screens will broadcast the service

While bravely sharing every stage of his cancer journey, the singer detailed how it was his number one priority to provide security to wife Kelsey and their two children Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one, in the years to come – as he faced an uncertain future.

Speaking on Channel 4 documentary Inside My Head which aired in November, the musician revealed his new home, saying: ‘This is gonna be our forever home.

‘It’s important for me that obviously the kids and Kels have got somewhere nice to grow up.

‘I don’t know what’s going to happen with my health over the next few years, so as long as they’re alright and they’re all good here, that’s all that matters.’

Emotional: Kelsey said it would be 'beautiful' to see his devotees 'line the route' to the venue where his friends and family will pay tribute

Emotional: Kelsey said it would be 'beautiful' to see his devotees 'line the route' to the venue where his friends and family will pay tribute

Emotional: Kelsey said it would be ‘beautiful’ to see his devotees ‘line the route’ to the venue where his friends and family will pay tribute 

Open: Kelsey took to Instagram on Saturday evening with a candid photo of her and her late husband, accompanied by a heartfelt message to their ever-loyal fanbase

Open: Kelsey took to Instagram on Saturday evening with a candid photo of her and her late husband, accompanied by a heartfelt message to their ever-loyal fanbase

Open: Kelsey took to Instagram on Saturday evening with a candid photo of her and her late husband, accompanied by a heartfelt message to their ever-loyal fanbase 

‘We’re all going to grow old together here, fingers crossed.’

He added: ‘Been through tough times to be honest and I’m preparing to buy a place like this, who would have thought? I’m proud of myself.’ 

In September 2021, 11 months on from the diagnosis, Tom sang at the Stand Up 2 Cancer show at the Royal Albert Hall and even embarked on a Greatest Hits tour with his bandmates when the tumour was confirmed as ‘stable’ in November.

But a close family friend revealed that Tom’s condition deteriorated rapidly once the tour came to an end earlier this year.

‘Tom loved touring – he was an absolute rockstar and determined to join the boys on stage. He was enjoying playing two songs a night and was doing well performing but it really took it out of him,’ the source told The Sun.

Brave: Kelsey explained how she she desires to turn the grief into something 'positive' and 'keep Tom's memory alive forever'

Brave: Kelsey explained how she she desires to turn the grief into something 'positive' and 'keep Tom's memory alive forever'

Brave: Kelsey explained how she she desires to turn the grief into something ‘positive’ and ‘keep Tom’s memory alive forever’

WHAT IS A GLIOBLASTOMA AND JUST HOW DEADLY IS IT? 

Glioblastoma is considered the most aggressive tumor that can form in the brain. 

Patients have a 10 percent chance of surviving five years after their diagnosis, according to figures. 

The average lifespan is between 14 and 16 months.

Three adults per every 100,000 will be struck down with a glioblastoma, says The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

It is most commonly found in men aged 50 to 60, and there is no link between developing glioblastoma and having a previous history with other cancers.

WHAT IS THE TUMOR MADE OF? 

The tumor is made up of a mass of cells growing quickly in the brain, and in most cases patients have no family history of the disease.

It won’t spread to other organs, however, once it is diagnosed, it is nearly impossible to target, surgeons claim.

WHAT TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE? 

Because the tumor likely already spread deep into the brain by the time it is diagnosed, the cancerous tissue is incredibly difficult to remove. 

Surgeon will only ever remove the tumor, or part of the tumor, if it won’t do any damage to the surrounding brain tissue.

Dr Babcar Cisse, a neurosurgeon at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, told Daily Mail Online in July 2017: ‘By the time a glioblastoma is diagnosed, microfibers can spread to the rest of the brain which an MRI would not spot.

‘So even if the main tumor is removed and the patient receives radiation and chemotherapy, it will come back.’ 

GRADING A GLIOBLASTOMA

Brain tumors are graded from between one to four, depending on how fast they grow and how aggressive they are.

Malignant tumors are either given a high-grade three or four, while benign ones are given a lower grade one or two. 

SYMPTOMS

Patients typically complain of symptoms such as confused vision, trouble with memory, dizziness and headaches.

The symptoms are somewhat nonspecific, and vary from person to person, and may not persist. 

The disease is therefore impossible to diagnose based on symptoms alone.

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‘We all noticed how quickly Tom deteriorated during the tour but he had no regrets – he really wanted to do it.’ 

A close family friend told The Sun that in his final moments, Tom asked to listen to the Oasis song ‘Live Forever’ along with his friends, family and fellow bandmates as he passed on.

The singer’s death came just one week after he revealed he was in the process of writing a tell-all memoir amid his battle with brain cancer.

In an Instagram post he said that the book, called Hope, isn’t going to be about ‘dying’ but about ‘living’ and ‘finding hope’ no matter what situation you are in.  

Throughout his adult years Tom was instantly recognisable to many teenager and young people thanks to the success of his band.

The Wanted released their first album in October 2010, which reached number four in the UK Albums Chart and created three UK top 20 singles.

Their later singles released in 2012 helped the band find success across the pond in the United States and Canada, with their hit Glad You Came becoming the highest American chart entry by a British boy band at that time.

A few years later in 2014 after the band announced a hiatus, Tom turned his attention to television, reaching the semi finals of Celebrity Masterchef in 2015 before coming in third in skiing show The Jump in 2016.

One year later, the singer went back to the stage and was cast as male lead Danny Zuko in the UK tour of Grease in 2017, which led him to postpone his wedding to Kelsey Hardwick.

The pair had planned to tie the knot in 2017 after getting engaged the year before.

Despite his successful career Tom was not met with beginner’s luck when entering the music industry – he was first rejected by X Factor judges during the first round of auditions.

Tom told The Metro in 2011 that he received all nos from the judges before he had reached the chorus of his song choice (Flying Without Wings by Westlife) which left him ‘shattered’.

Following his failed attempt to make it to X Factor, Tom assumed the persona of Mark Owen in tribute band Take That II which saw him ‘singing to 50-year-old men smoking in the corner of working mens clubs’.

His audition for The Wanted took a more positive turn despite, according to Tom, turning up to the audition looking ‘chavvy.’

Tom said to Metro: ‘I turned up wearing a tracksuit with my hood up, so I looked a bit chavvy, but played Handbags and Gladrags’ on the guitar. Maybe our manager Jane saw something in me no-one else did at the time.’

Tom and Kelsey have had two children: daughter Aurelia born in 2019 and son Bodhi, who was born after Tom’s cancer diagnosis in 2020.

The singer said: ‘The kids are the one thing to get me up in the morning, they bring that positivity out of me.’ 

Loss: Tom ensured his young family were provided for by buying a 'forever home' touring and writing a memoir just months before his death from brain cancer aged 33 (pictured with wife Kelsey and children Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one)

Loss: Tom ensured his young family were provided for by buying a 'forever home' touring and writing a memoir just months before his death from brain cancer aged 33 (pictured with wife Kelsey and children Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one)

Loss: Tom ensured his young family were provided for by buying a ‘forever home’ touring and writing a memoir just months before his death from brain cancer aged 33 (pictured with wife Kelsey and children Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one)

Source: dailymail

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