Tom Parker, lead singer of British band The Wanted, dies of brain tumor aged 33


Tom Parker, member of British-Irish boy band The Wanted, has died after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. He was 33 years old.

The band announced that Parker passed away on Wednesday, “surrounded by his family and bandmates.”

Parker announced his diagnosis in October 2020 and underwent chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Earlier this year, he performed on stage with the band on their much-delayed reunion tour.

Wanted members Max George, Jay McGuiness, Siva Kaneswaran and Nathan Sykes said they were “devastated by the tragic and untimely loss” of their bandmate.

“He was our brother,” they said in a statement. “Words cannot express the loss and sadness we feel. Always and forever in our hearts.”

The singer said he didn’t want cancer to consume his life

Formed in 2009, The Wanted had a string of hit singles, including all the time low and Glad you came, which reached No. 1 on the UK top 40 chart.

The members split in 2014 after releasing three albums, but reunited for a September 2021 concert hosted by Parker at London’s Royal Albert Hall to support cancer charities.

“It’s not that I ignore cancer, but I just don’t want to pay attention to it,” Parker said ahead of this gig.

“The more you pay attention to it, the more it consumes your life, and I don’t want to consume my life.”

Irish-British pop group The Wanted pose on the red carpet before the Lunas del Auditorio awards ceremony in Mexico City, October 30, 2013. From right are Nathan Sykes, Jay McGuiness, Max George, Tom Parker and Siva Kaneswaran. (Christian Palma/Associated Press)

The Wanted released a greatest hits album in 2021, followed by a tour this year.

Parker is survived by his wife, Kelsey Parker, a son and a daughter.

Kelsey Parker wrote on Instagram, “Our hearts are broken, Tom was the center of our world, and we can’t imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence.”