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Tom Parker’s bandmate Siva Kaneswaran shares emotional video tribute

Tom Parker's bandmate Siva Kaneswaran shares emotional video tribute 2

Tom Parker’s bandmate Siva Kaneswaran shared a tribute to the singer on Thursday, following his death from brain cancer at the age of 33.

Siva posted a video of The Wanted bandmates hugging on stage with the caption ‘we’ll always be there for you brother,’ 24 hours after Tom passed away with his bandmates by his side.

Siva used the band’s 2011 single  Gold Forever on the video. The track has now reached number one on iTunes UK in the day since Parker’s death following a campaign from fans.

Tribute: Tom Parker 's bandmate Siva Kaneswaran shared a tribute to the singer on Thursday, following his death from brain cancer at the age of 33.

Tribute: Tom Parker ‘s bandmate Siva Kaneswaran shared a tribute to the singer on Thursday, following his death from brain cancer at the age of 33.

The video showed Siva and his bandmates embracing Tom on stage during The Wanted charity gig last year, with Siva writing in the caption: 

‘Always & Forever ❤️ Our Tommy boy. Say my name like it’s the last time, Live today like its your last night, We want to cry but we know its alright, Cause I’m with you and your with me’.

Fans have been campaigning for The Wanted’s Red Nose Day single Gold Forever to reach number one in honour of Tom. 

By Thursday lunchtime the track had reached the number one spot while the band’s single Glad You Came was at number 12, All Time Low at Number 27 and Chasing The Sun at number 41.

Memory: The video showed Siva and his bandmates embracing Tom on stage during The Wanted charity gig last year,

Tribute: Siva wrote in the caption: 'Always & Forever ❤️ Our Tommy boy. Say my name like it's the last time, Live today like its your last night, We want to cry but we know its alright, Cause I'm with you and your with me'.

Memory: The video showed Siva and his bandmates embracing Tom on stage during The Wanted charity gig last year,

'Tommy boy': Siva shared an emotional caption with the video, writing 'Always & Forever'

‘Tommy boy’: Siva shared an emotional caption with the video, writing ‘Always & Forever’

Fan footage, which has resurfaced following Tom’s death, has shown how the singer was supported by his bandmates when he was too weak to sing during his final performance with The Wanted. 

As part of the Most Wanted: The Greatest Hits tour, Tom joined his bandmates on stage at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena on March 17 – just two weeks before he died.

Fan videos taken on the night show the ailing star sitting on a throne during the songs Gold Forever and Glad You Came.

Siva took over Tom’s vocals on Gold Forever while Nathan Sykes remained by his side, before Max George and Jay McGuinness joined him for the second song.

'Dream team': Fan footage which has resurfaced following Tom's death has shown how the singer was supported by his bandmates when he was too weak to sing during his final performance with The Wanted

‘Dream team’: Fan footage which has resurfaced following Tom’s death has shown how the singer was supported by his bandmates when he was too weak to sing during his final performance with The Wanted

The band wore sunglasses in solidarity with Tom, who chose to wear shades in public during his final appearances after his eye was forced shut due to his brain tumor.

Tom’s wife Kelsey was in the audience for the gig, proudly sharing footage at the time of herself dancing with the couple’s two young children while Tom was on stage.  

Kelsey has spoken of the ‘pure and honest’ love she had with her late husband in a series of heartbreaking posts shared to her Instagram page.

Memories: As part of the Most Wanted: The Greatest Hits tour, Tom joined his bandmates on stage at Liverpool's M&S Bank Arena on March 17 - just two weeks before he died. His wife Kelsey and their children are pictured in the audience

Memories: As part of the Most Wanted: The Greatest Hits tour, Tom joined his bandmates on stage at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena on March 17 – just two weeks before he died. His wife Kelsey and their children are pictured in the audience

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

Kelsey, 32, reshared a series of emotional tributes from Tom’s friends on her social media, including a voicenote he had once sent to his friend Stephanie Elswood.

Posting the snippet of Tom’s voice complementing his friend’s dancing, she wrote: ‘This is… Tom Parker everyone… he changed so many lives in such a small amount of time. Tom Parker I f***ing love you. Such a legend. Just the fact that he would send messages like this… I mean can you imagine the messages I got.’

True love: Tom's wife Kelsey has spoken of the 'pure and honest' love she had with her late husband in a series of heartbreaking posts shared to her Instagram page

True love: Tom’s wife Kelsey has spoken of the ‘pure and honest’ love she had with her late husband in a series of heartbreaking posts shared to her Instagram page

Kelsey also reshared a tribute from actress Michelle Keegan, who was previously engaged to Tom’s The Wanted bandmate Max George.

The post read: ‘Absolutely heartbroken for Kelsey, his beautiful babies, family and everyone who knew Tom. What a truly special guy. Such an honour to have known him and witness first hand their love. they really are the true definition of soul mates.

‘Gone far too soon, rest peacefully Tom. @beingkelsey thinking of you x’.

The mother of two responded: ‘Love you. You knew how pure our love was so pure and honest. Soul mates until the end.

Tributes: Kelsey, 32, reshared a series of emotional tributes from Tom's friends on her social media, including a voicenote he had once sent to his friend Stephanie Elswood

Soul mates: Kelsey also reshared a tribute from actress Michelle Keegan, writing: 'Love you. You knew how pure our love was so pure and honest. Soul mates until the end

Tributes: Kelsey, 32, reshared a series of emotional tributes from Tom’s friends on her social media, including a voicenote he had once sent to his friend Stephanie Elswoodv

Best friends: In another post originally shared by the couple's best friend Kelsey Ann who posted a picture of the three of them together, Kelsey wrote: 'Best friends forever. Our angel boy. We never thought we would have a 3 way like it'

Best friends: In another post originally shared by the couple’s best friend Kelsey Ann who posted a picture of the three of them together, Kelsey wrote: ‘Best friends forever. Our angel boy. We never thought we would have a 3 way like it’

In another post originally shared by the couple’s best friend Kelsey Ann who posted a picture of the three of them together, Kelsey wrote: ‘Best friends forever. Our angel boy. We never thought we would have a 3 way like it.’

The tributes to Tom continued to flood in from all around, as BBC Entertainment Correspondent Colin Paterson told the Breakfast show: ‘It’s very close to my own home because my own boys were one and three when they lost there wonderful dad George at the age of 34 from cancer.

‘So the parrallels of their story with Tom Parker’s kids is very similar, so my heart goes out to his family. When I spoke to him last year I wanted to really understand what he was going through, how he was dealing with it, and what was so impressive with how he spoke that day was how he was able to live in the present.

Grease is the word! Also appearing on the show was former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips, who said: 'I first worked with him on Grease, where he has to do Born To Hand Jive, the biggest dance in the whole of the musical (pictured in 2017)

Grease is the word! Also appearing on the show was former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips, who said: ‘I first worked with him on Grease, where he has to do Born To Hand Jive, the biggest dance in the whole of the musical (pictured in 2017)

‘He said how he was enjoying every day, every hug with his kids. Everytime he walked out into his garden and felt the sun on the face, he would get joy from that. Also the way he was looking forward to getting on stage with his band The Wanted.

‘He managed it, two weeks ago today he was in Liverpool on a stage sat on a throne, with the crowd showing their love to him and how much he meant to them.

‘Playing in Liverpool, the final ever show with The Wanted. Right until the end he was living in the present and living out his dreams.’

Heartbreaking: The posts come following the death of The Wanted star aged 33, following a battle with brain cancer after he was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma in October 2020, and was given just 12 months to live by doctors

Heartbreaking: The posts come following the death of The Wanted star aged 33, following a battle with brain cancer after he was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma in October 2020, and was given just 12 months to live by doctors

Also appearing on the show was former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips, who said: ‘I first worked with him on Grease, where he has to do Born To Hand Jive, the biggest dance in the whole of the musical. He said I don’t dance. I told him, you’re going to have to. He told me he was strong and he had a fantastic partner working with him.

‘What happened, Tom who really couldn’t dance, has probably done the best Danny Cha Cha dance of anyone I have ever choregraphed for. He worked so hard and was so phenomenal.

‘He’s also so sweet and kind, during rehearsals, everyone was going across to the deli to get their lunch. Tom found a fish and chip shop, and every day he’d go and get chips with curry sauce. One day he said I’m getting you it – as I’d never had it.

‘He brought me back this soggy mess for me to eat, it was the first time someone had run out and bought lunch for me. He was a sweetheart.’

Tom passed away on Wednesday, surrounded by family and his fellow bandmates as he listened to the Oasis song Live Forever.

A close friend told The Sun: ‘You might have thought Tom would opt for something by The Wanted but Oasis’ Live Forever sums him up perfectly – he was a rockstar and that’s how he wants to be remembered.’ 

In September 2021, 11 months on from his 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.

'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,' Tom's wife Kelsey said

‘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,’ Tom’s wife Kelsey said

But 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.  

Passion: Tom performing at the Olympic Torch Relay concert, in Birmingham

Passion: Tom performing at the Olympic Torch Relay concert, in Birmingham

Band mates: (L-R) Siva Kaneswaran, Tom, Jay McGuiness, (front row, left- right) Max George, Nathan Sykes of The Wanted backstage

Band mates: (L-R) Siva Kaneswaran, Tom, Jay McGuiness, (front row, left- right) Max George, Nathan Sykes of The Wanted backstage

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.   

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.’  

The 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.

Tom took to Instagram last Tuesday to share the news with his fans and announce that the book would be released in July.

He said that the book, called Hope, isn’t going to be about ‘dying’ but about ‘living’ and ‘finding hope’ no matter what situation you are in. 

Tragic: The 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

Tragic: The 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 

Love: In the final picture posted on his Instagram account before his death, Parker shared this snap of him on stage with his bandmates

Love: In the final picture posted on his Instagram account before his death, Parker shared this snap of him on stage with his bandmates

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Heartfelt: In a lengthy caption Kelsey said she 'couldn't imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence'

Heartfelt: In a lengthy caption Kelsey said she ‘couldn’t imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence’

Tributes: Kelsey reposted a string of tributes from friends on her Instagram Stories in the hours after her husband's death, including many which referred to the devoted couple as 'soulmates'

Tributes: Kelsey reposted a string of tributes from friends on her Instagram Stories in the hours after her husband's death, including many which referred to the devoted couple as 'soulmates'

Tributes: Kelsey reposted a string of tributes from friends on her Instagram Stories in the hours after her husband’s death, including many which referred to the devoted couple as ‘soulmates’

His words: Kelsey reposted a message from a friend which included Tom's words to his wife at his charity concert in September 2021

His words: Kelsey reposted a message from a friend which included Tom’s words to his wife at his charity concert in September 2021

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