Tom Parker’s Wife Announces Funeral Details
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A celebration of Tom Parker's life organised by his wife Kelsey will be held in East London today, and fans of the late singer have been invited to come along.
The 33-year-old, best known for being a member of the boyband The Wanted, died in late March after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.
As thousands continue to grieve the singer's untimely passing, Tom's wife Kelsey Parker has organised a funeral service for not just close friends and family, but for the countless mourning fans.
Sharing a post to Instagram for fans and friends, Kelsey wrote: "There will be private celebration of life on Wednesday 20th April.
"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 welcome to join us outside the church for the duration where the service will be relayed on screens."
Fans took to the comments to commend Kelsey for her strength and thank her for opening up the service to the public.
"What a lovely offer to all fans and something Tom would want to see and be very proud of.😢" commented one follower.
"I'll try my best to attend, thank you for doing this" wrote a second.
"I, and I know hundreds of others will be there in spirit Kelsey " added a third. "We will be thinking of him, your family and his friends all day ".
Praising the mourning mum-of-two for her hard work, another fan said: "You are so incredible Kelsey. Just bloody incredible. So much love to you all".
Tom Parker was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour in October 2020 after suffering a series of "unexplained" seizures during the summer months the same year.
In an interview with OK! Magazine, Tom said doctors told him that they had found a grade 4 glioblastoma.
In January 2021, Tom told fans that his brain tumour had shrunk in an Instagram update. Later that year, he announced on Instagram that his brain tumour was under control.
In a post shared in November 2021, Tom wrote: "I'm sat here with tears in my eyes. We've got my brain tumour under control."
Figures suggest that only five per cent of patients survive more than five years after their diagnosis.
It was Kelsey who first confirmed the news of Tom's death on 30th March 2022, issuing a statement that read: "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we confirm 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.
"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".