Ed Sheeran, Liam Payne and The Wanted bandmates lead tributes to Tom Parker

The boyband star died yesterday aged just 33 following a long battle with a brain tumour.

Tributes have poured in overnight for Tom Parker, who died yesterday aged just 33 following a long battle with a brain tumour. 

Tom's death was announced via his wife, Kelsey, who said: "Tom passed away peacefully earlier today with all of his family by his side. Our hearts are broken, Tom was the centre of our world and we can’t imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence."

Tom revealed in 2020 that he was suffering with an inoperable, stage 4 brain tumour known as as glioblastoma.

Leading tributes were his bandmates in The Wanted Max George, Jay McGuinness, Nathan Sykes and Siva Kaneswaran, who said Tom "was our brother, words can’t express the loss and sadness we feel. Always and forever in our hearts."


Ed Sheeran also shared a post on Instagram, sharing a photo of Tom. "So sad to hear of Tom's passing," the caption said. "Thoughts and love are with Kelsey, his children and his family, Very sad day. What a lovely guy."

One Direction member Liam Payne (who experienced a breakthrough in the US around the same time as Tom and The Wanted) took to Instagram Stories to pay tribute to Tom, who was "so full of life and humour [...] the memories I have with him stay with me forever."

Comedian Iain Stirling also paid tribute to "a genuinely lovely man. Kind, humble and very funny."

Given the sad news, several members of boybands both past and present also dedicated a post to Tom. Take That's Howard Donald said: "So sad and so young," while The Vamps' Connor Ball added: "33 is far too young, so much sadness. Rest in peace Tom."

Rylan tweeted: "Just seen the news about Tom and that's absolutely gutting. He was a good 'un. So sad to hear."

As a member of The Wanted, Tom achieved two UK Number 1 singles - debut All Time Low (2010) and Glad You Came (2011). See all of The Wanted's hit singles and albums.

The Wanted initially reunited for a one-off gig last year at the Royal Albert Hall in honour of Tom, but recently expanded that into a full-blown UK tour. Tom recently appeared on stage with his bandmates using the aid of a wheelchair. 

The Wanted's recent greatest hits album released in conjunction with their reunion, Most Wanted - The Greatest Hits, became their fourth consecutive UK Top 10 album.

The team at Official Charts sends love and well wishes to Tom's family, friends, bandmates and fans at this difficult time. RIP. 

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