How The Wanted star Tom Parker found out about his brain tumour after having a seizure

Tom Parker revealed he'd been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour back in 2020, after suffering a severe seizure while away with his family.

The 33 year old tragically passed away on Wednesday 30 March, with his beloved wife Kelsey, 32, taking to Instagram to announce the sad news.

Kelsey, who shares Aurelia, two, and one year old Bodhi with Tom, 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.

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

Tom first suffered a seizure in July 2020, and after taking himself to A&E he was put on a waiting list for an MRI scan.

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While waiting for an MRI, Tom went on a family getaway to Norwich with Kelsey in August, and unfortunately suffered a second, more severe, seizure.

Once the paramedics had arrived, he was taken straight to the hospital for an MRI, and while he was initially told he'd be in the hospital for four hours, he ended up spending three days there having numerous different tests.

Due to the coronavirus restrictions that were in place at the time, Tom was given his heartbreaking diagnosis alone, while Kelsey was told over the phone.

Speaking to OK! about being told the awful news, Tom said: "A couple of days later, when we were still on holiday, Kelsey couldn’t come in because of Covid.

"They pulled the curtain around my bed and said, “It’s a brain tumour.” All I could think was, “F*****g hell!” I was in shock. It’s stage four glioblastoma and they’ve said its terminal. It was a lot to deal with by myself. I still haven’t processed it."

Kelsey added: "It was horrendous. They rang me and told me over the phone. They said, 'It’s a tumour and it’s worst-case scenario.' They also told us it was inoperable and what the treatment would be. I was in a complete state. My friend Kelsey was with me and she just said, 'Don’t pass out.'

"It was like everything stopped. Obviously being told you have any tumour is bad, but to be told you have the worst one is a lot to take in. All I could think was, 'What’s going to happen and what is our life now?'"

Tom started treatment shortly after his initial diagnosis, undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

He did not ask for a prognosis, with Kelsey revealing that they decided not to ask for one. The life expectancy for someone with such an illness ranges from three months to 18 months, following their diagnosis.

In November 2021, he revealed the positive news that his tumour was "stable" and "under control", following numerous months of gruelling treatment.

Tom then headed for private treatment in Spain in February, in an effort to lengthen his life expectancy and shrink his tumour. He hoped to be fit enough to join his bandmates on their upcoming comeback tour.

Tom joined Max, Nathan, Siva, and Jay on stage at a handful of performances, delighting The Wanted fans.

The 33 year old could be seen sitting on a throne as he performed with his bandmates, with multiple fans sharing clips of the star on social media.

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