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Erin McNaught's rapper husband Example pays tribute to late The Wanted star Tom Parker


British rapper Example has shared a touching tribute to late The Wanted star Tom Parker, after he died from brain cancer at the age of 33. 

The 39-year-old artist, who is married to Australian model Erin McNaught, said that Tom was a ‘kind and gentle soul’ in a moving post on Instagram on Thursday. 

Example, whose real name is Elliot John Gleave, worked with The Wanted on their hit Chasing the Sun back in 2012. 

'Far too young to die': On Thursday, Erin McNaught's rapper husband Example shared a tribute to late The Wanted star Tom Parker after he lost his battle with brain cancer at age 33

‘Far too young to die’: On Thursday, Erin McNaught’s rapper husband Example shared a tribute to late The Wanted star Tom Parker after he lost his battle with brain cancer at age 33

In his post, Example said that 33 is ‘too young to die’. 

‘Got to meet this man a few times over the years at radio events,’ Example wrote, underneath a picture of Tom. 

‘I wrote Chasing the Sun for The Wanted back in 2011 and got to spend some time with Tom in 2012 when the track was released.’

'A kind, gentle soul always cracking jokes. 33 is far too young. My thoughts are with his wife and children right now,' Example wrote

‘A kind, gentle soul always cracking jokes. 33 is far too young. My thoughts are with his wife and children right now,’ Example wrote

‘A kind, gentle soul always cracking jokes. 33 is far too young. My thoughts are with his wife and children right now,’ he finished. 

Tom died on Wednesday at the age of 33, following a battle with terminal brain cancer.  

The Wanted star was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma in October 2020, and was given just 12 months to live by doctors.

In September 2021, 11 months on from the diagnosis, Tom sang at the Stand Up 2 Cancer show at the Royal Albert Hall and even embarked on a Greatest Hits tour with his bandmates when the tumour was confirmed as ‘stable’ in November. 

Tragic: Tom died on Wednesday at the age of 33, following a battle with terminal brain cancer. The Wanted star was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma in October 2020, and was given just 12 months to live by doctors

Tragic: Tom died on Wednesday at the age of 33, following a battle with terminal brain cancer. The Wanted star was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma in October 2020, and was given just 12 months to live by doctors

But a close family friend revealed on Wednesday that Tom’s condition deteriorated rapidly once the tour came to an end earlier this year.

‘Tom loved touring – he was an absolute rockstar and determined to join the boys on stage. He was enjoying playing two songs a night and was doing well performing but it really took it out of him,’ the source told The Sun.

‘We all noticed how quickly Tom deteriorated during the tour but he had no regrets – he really wanted to do it.’

The tragic news of his death was confirmed by his wife Kelsey, 32, who he leaves behind along with their two children, Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one.

So sad: But a close family friend revealed on Wednesday that Tom's condition deteriorated rapidly once the tour came to an end earlier this year

So sad: But a close family friend revealed on Wednesday that Tom’s condition deteriorated rapidly once the tour came to an end earlier this year

Heartbreaking: The tragic news of his death was confirmed by his wife Kelsey, 32, who he leaves behind along with their two children, Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one

Heartbreaking: The tragic news of his death was confirmed by his wife Kelsey, 32, who he leaves behind along with their two children, Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one

Kelsey said: ‘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.’

She went on to thank everyone who has cared for Tom during his illness, adding that he fought the disease until the very end.

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

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

A statement posted on the band’s official Instagram account read: ‘The whole Wanted family are devastated by the tragic and premature loss of our bandmate Tom Parker, who passed away peacefully at lunchtime today surrounded by his family and his band mates.

‘Tom was an amazing husband to Kelsey, and father to Aurelia and Bodhi. He was our brother, words can’t express the loss and sadness we feel. Always and forever in our hearts.’

A close family friend told The Sun that in his final moments, Tom asked to listen to the Oasis song ‘Live Forever’ along with his friends, family and fellow bandmates as he passed on.

The 33-year-old singer’s death comes just one week after he revealed he was in the process of writing a tell-all memoir amid his battle with brain cancer. 

Throughout his adult years Tom was instantly recognisable to many teenager and young people thanks to the success of his band.

The Wanted released their first album in October 2010, which reached number four in the UK Albums Chart and created three UK top 20 singles.

Final moments: A close family friend told The Sun that in his final moments, Tom asked to listen to the Oasis song 'Live Forever' along with his friends, family and fellow bandmates as he passed on

Final moments: A close family friend told The Sun that in his final moments, Tom asked to listen to the Oasis song ‘Live Forever’ along with his friends, family and fellow bandmates as he passed on

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