The Wanted singer Tom Parker has died at the age of 33 after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

His wife Kelsey Hardwick confirmed the news and said she was heartbroken.

Writing on Instagram, Kelsey said: "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we confirm Tom passed away peacefully earlier today with all of his family by his side.

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"Our hearts are broken, Tom was the centre of our world and we can't imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence.

"We are truly thankful for the outpouring of love and support and ask that we all unite to ensure Tom’s light continues to shine for his beautiful children.

"Thank you to everyone who has supported in his care throughout, he fought until the very end. I’m forever proud of you."

Bolton native Tom and Kelsey had two children, Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one.

The pop star was diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma in September 2020 after suffering a seizure and had recently spent time in Spain receiving treatment.

The Wanted

He regularly shared health updates on social media and recently returned to stage with his bandmates for The Wanted's tour after missing the first few shows due to treatment.

A statement on the band's Instagram page said: "Max, Jay, Siva, Nathan and the whole Wanted family are devastated by the tragic and premature loss of our bandmate Tom Parker, who passed away peacefully at lunchtime today surrounded by his family and his band mates.

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"Tom was an amazing husband to Kelsey, and father to Aurelia and Bodhi.

"He was our brother, words can’t express the loss and sadness we feel. Always and forever in our hearts."

Tom revealed last week that he had been writing a memoir called Hope, which will be released this July.

"My book, coming this July, is not about dying: It's a book about living. It's a book about finding hope in whatever situation you're dealt, and living your best life no matter what," he said.

"It will show you how having faith in hope and daring to dream means you can carry on, against all odds."

The singer auditioned unsuccessfully for The X Factor but went on to join boy band The Wanted, who enjoyed a successful career with 10 UK Top 10 singles and three Top 10 albums.

Celebrities pay tribute to popular star

Famous names from the worlds of music and TV shared tributes after the news was announced via a statement on his band's social media accounts.

Ed Sheeran sent his condolences to the family of Tom Parker.

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

Former One Direction star Liam Payne has said he is "heartbroken" to hear the news of Parker's death.
Payne tweeted: "He was so full of life and humour, and the memories I have of him with stay with me forever. Sending my thoughts out to his family and his brothers in The Wanted".

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Spandau Ballet's Martin Kemp Kemp tweeted: "Tom Parker, rest in peace my love goes out to all your family and all your friends.. your bravery, your fight and your spirit will never be forgotten".

Former Take That star Howard Donald sent 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 to his family."

Singer Joe McElderry, who won The X Factor in 2009, tweeted: "So very very sad, life can be cruel! My thoughts to his family and friends."

TV presenter Rylan Clark also paid tribute. He said: "I've just seen the news about Tom and that's absolutely gutting. He was such a good'un. So sad to hear.

"Sending my love to Kelsey and the kids. Awful news x #RipTom x"

Union J singer JJ Hamblett called Parker "an incredible artist and real family man".

He tweeted: "Just seen the news...I am speechless!!!"

"Tom Parker was such a nice guy who was an incredible artist and real family man!

"Such a cruel, cruel world... RIP Tom.. you will be missed but never never forgotten".

RuPaul's Drag Race UK star Baga Chipz also paid tribute, writing: "R.I.P Tom Parker. 33 is no age. Sending love to Kelsey, your family, friends, the band and all of your fans."