Tom Parker funeral: The Wanted fans line the streets to say 'last goodbye' to the star after his tragic death at 33

HEARTBROKEN fans lined the streets today to say a final goodbye to The Wanted star Tom Parker.

The singer died last month aged 33 after a brave battle with an inoperable brain tumour.





Tom is being laid to rest today in a private service in Petts Wood, Orpington, attended by his close family and friends.

Devastated fans lined the route of his funeral procession after being invited to pay their respects by his wife Kelsey.

They will be able to watch the moving service on large TV screens outside the church this morning.

Speaking ahead of the funeral, Kelsey said: "Thomas Anthony Parker. There will be a private celebration of life on Wednesday 20th April.

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"We know many of you would like to pay your respects as well, so would love for you to join us in Petts Wood from 10am.

"It would be beautiful to have everyone line the route as we head to our private service.

"You are then welcome to join us outside the church for the duration where the service will be relayed on screens."

Kelsey broke the news last month that Tom had tragically passed away after he was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour in 2020.

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The mum of their two children Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one, shared two moving photographs on Instagram as she announced the heartbreaking news.

She wrote: "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we confirm Tom passed away peacefully earlier today with all of his family by his side.

"Tom was the centre of our world and we can’t imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence."


Kelsey also created a GoFundMe page following her husband's death to "keep Tom's memory alive forever".

The page exceeded its £5,000 target within the first 12 hours and so far has received more than £58,000 worth of donations.

Tom revealed in October 2020 that he had an inoperable stage 4 glioblastoma – which doctors described as “the worst case scenario”.

The singer was given just 18 months to live but managed to beat the odds after undergoing several gruelling rounds of chemotherapy and 30 radiotherapy sessions.

The star had been undergoing treatment in Spain that meant he was forced to pull out of the start of the boyband's UK tour.

But he did make an appearance at the later dates where he performed while sitting on a throne.

Opening up about his illness last October, hopeful Tom expressed a goal to be cancer-free by March.

But he also bravely spoke about his fear of death in a heartbreaking Channel 4 documentary, Tom Parker: Inside My Head.

Breaking down in tears on camera, he said: "Scared is an understatement. I was petrified. I couldn't stop thinking about death, is the honest truth."

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Later, Tom was shown lying on his bed and crying into his hands.

He added: "It's so hard to think about the future, because I genuinely don't know what it holds any more."





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