Vigils were held across the country to mourn the death of wanted singer Tom Parker, who died Wednesday at the age of 33 after suffering 18 months of aggressive brain cancer.
In Liverpool today, the singer’s fans gathered and, while listening to a song by the singer The Wanted, released balloons in the shape of his initials, “T” and “P”, as well as balloons in the shape of a star and a heart.
Meanwhile, fans in Leicester Square sang the 2012 hit The Wanted’s Gold Forever, with mourners engulfed in occasional laughter and shouting as they chanted the song.
After making their way to the end of the song, Leicester Square mourners cheered and hugged each other – united in their grief over the loss of the 33-year-old singer, who succumbed to glioblastoma earlier this week.
The pop star and father of two was told he developed stage 4 glioblastoma in September 2020 after suffering a severe seizure on a family vacation.
Vigils were held across the country today in memory of Tom Parker, singer of Boyband The Wanted, who died at the age of 33 from aggressive brain cancer on Wednesday. Pictured: A fan writes a heartfelt message to Tom Parker on a hot air balloon at a memorial in Newcastle
It turns out that fans all over the country pay their respects to the singer, who for 18 months suffered from glioblastoma. Pictured: Fans create a shrine for the singer in Newcastle at Utilita Arena
At a vigil in Leicester, a fan held a candle inscribed with the words: “In memory of Tom Parker, rest in peace.”
Referring to the lyrics to the 2012 hit The Wanted’s hit Gold Forever, she wrote one note to the singer: “We won’t let your memory go, because your colors are burning so badly.”
He was on the NHS waiting list for an MRI scan at the time after episodes of unexplained seizures.
Due to Covid restrictions in place at the time, his wife and daughter were not allowed to be with him when he was finally diagnosed.
Glioblastoma is the most common form of brain tumor in the UK, with more than 2,000 cases diagnosed each year.
But the prognosis is notoriously known, with patients usually only living for 12 to 18 months after diagnosis.
Wanted singer Tom Parker died Wednesday at the age of 33 after an 18-month battle with a deadly and aggressive form of brain cancer.
Outside Utilita Square, sad Tom Parker fans build a shrine to the singer and release balloons into the sky
This is partly due to how quickly cancer spreads, but it is also due to a lack of treatments that can successfully fight it.
An episode of Pointless Celebrities aired on BBC One last night in which the singer competed alongside fellow bandmate Max George – and the pair won £2,500 for The Brain Tumor Charity and Brain Research UK.
Earlier in the day, his friend took to Instagram to pay tribute to Tom, admitting that he was left “sad” and that there was a “huge gap left in his life”.
“Crying” viewers admitted they found the episode a “hard hour” and would be “forever proud” of the Glad You Game singer.
They wrote on Twitter: “It was sad to watch but also heartwarming. Thank you for doing this and thank you to Tom’s family for agreeing to allow his show tonight.
‘I am crying. They are all happy and smiles and then that picture and I lost it.
Aimless celebs…tonight. But a lovely greeting at the end. Well done @TomParker and @MaxGeorgethewanted God bless your soul Tom, we love you.
In 2018, former Labor Representative Tessa Joel passed away after a battle with the disease and former US Senator John McCain died of cancer in 2017.
It can be killed by shutting down the brain completely or putting pressure on the brainstem, which controls breathing and pulse.
Parker began having seizures in July 2020 and was put on a waiting list for an MRI scan on the NHS.
He had his most serious seizure yet during a family trip to Norwich six weeks later and was taken to hospital.
Parker spent three days in the hospital and was not allowed to accompany his wife Kelsey or young daughter Aurelia due to Covid measures at the time.
Yep! The wanted star on BBC Games competed alongside fellow band Max George and the duo won £2,500 for The Brain Tumor Charity and Brain Research UK
The boy band member was alone when he received the news that his brain tumor was inoperable and inoperable.
Parker and his wife revealed his diagnosis to his fans on October 12, 2020, saying they were ‘totally broken’ but vowed to ‘fight this all the way’.
By then, he had already begun chemotherapy and radiotherapy to shrink the cancer and slow its spread.
Complete removal by surgery was impossible because the tumors were intertwined with brain tissue.
Glioblastomas are made up of cells called astrocytes that support nerve cells and usually have spread deep into the brain by the time it is diagnosed.
Like many brain tumors, scientists do not know what causes cancer, and in most cases patients have no family history of the disease.
Helium-filled balloons have been abandoned after mourners at an event in Newcastle listened to The Wanted . music
Photos taken by the singer with fans are nostalgic in A4 plastic pockets
Parker shared this photo in November 2021 after a scan that showed doctors put a camera across the side of his head to check on a tumor. Revealed that cancer is ‘stable’
Balloons, including the singer’s initials – “T” and “P” – float in the sky, as mourners below celebrate the singer’s short and successful life
A fan poses for a photograph next to a bouquet of flowers, as the boy band singer’s mausoleum piles up at a memorial ceremony in Newcastle
Parker received special treatment in addition to his NHS care, which may have included steroids to reduce swelling around the tumor and medication to relieve his symptoms.
His condition improved during 2021 and continued to share updates about his treatment on social media.
He spent the year raising awareness about glioblastoma, and said he was shocked by the lack of treatments and funding for cancer patients.
Parker wondered how a vaccine for Covid could be developed within a year, but some of the chemotherapy drugs used for brain tumor patients have not changed in 20 years.
In November 2021, the star revealed in an Instagram post that his brain tumor had been brought under control.
Although the scan showed that the tumor was “stable” and not advanced, that doesn’t mean it was cancer-free.
Earlier this month, a photo shared by his bandmates showed the star sitting in a wheelchair behind the scenes of the UK group tour after becoming too weak to stand.