Tom Parker's wife invites fans to The Wanted star's private funeral ceremony

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Tom Parker's wife Kelsey has invited fans to pay their respects to the late singer outside the family’s private service next Wednesday (FilmMagic)
Tom Parker's wife Kelsey has invited fans to pay their respects to the late singer outside the family’s private service next Wednesday. (FilmMagic)

The wife of late Wanted singer Tom Parker has invited his fans to pay their respects to him outside the family’s private service.

The star died last month at age 33, 17 months after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

Parker’s wife Kelsey took to Instagram on Tuesday to announce that a private service will take place next week in Queensway, Petts Wood, in south-east London and added that it would be 'beautiful' if fans would line the streets as his family and friends head to the church.

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She wrote: "There will be a 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 Woods 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."

Mrs Parker, who has asked fans to donate to charitable causes instead of sending flowers and cards, revealed that she has created a GoFundMe page to facilitate that in order 'keep Tom’s memory alive forever'.

The late Wanted singer and his wife Kelsey shared two young children (Getty Images)
The late Wanted singer and his wife Kelsey shared two young children (Getty Images)

Within the first 12 hours, the page exceeded its £5,000 target and has since racked up more than £51,000 worth of donations.

The pair got married in 2018 and had daughter, Aurelia Rose, the following year. Their son Bodhi was born last October.

Parker revealed in October 2020 that he had been diagnosed with inoperable stage-four glioblastoma and was undergoing radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Doctors gave him 12-18 months to live.

Tom (centre) with his The Wanted bandmates (l-r) Jay McGuiness, Nathan Sykes, Max George and Siva Kaneswaran, performed with the group just weeks before his death (Getty)
Tom, centre, with his The Wanted bandmates Jay McGuiness, Nathan Sykes, Max George and Siva Kaneswaran, performed with the group just weeks before his death (Getty)

Despite the diagnosis, he was said to have been determined to fight until the very end.

His death was confirmed by his devastated wife on Instagram last week. 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

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

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"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."

His bandmates also released a statement in which they described Parker as their "brother".

Just weeks before he died, the father-of-two performed alongside his bandmates at their reunion tour.

The likes of singers Ed Sheeran, Martin Kemp and Howard Donald have paid tribute to the late singer.

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