Tom Parker’s wife Kelsey has thanked fans for their ‘love and support’ in the wake of the 33-year-old’s tragic death from brain cancer.
The Wanted singer died on Wednesday March 30 surrounded by his loved ones and bandmates, following a two-year battle with stage 4 glioblastoma.
His heartbroken wife, 32, took to Instagram earlier this week to share her appreciation for all the kind messages she’s received.
Heartbroken: Tom Parker ‘s wife Kelsey has thanked fans for their ‘love and support’ in the wake of the 33-year-old’s tragic death from brain cancer
Writing on her stories she penned: ‘Thank you for all of your love and support. It truly is getting us as a family, through the most difficult time.’
The couple tied the knot in a romantic ceremony in the grounds of Ridge Farm in Surrey in 2018, with two of his bandmates acting as ushers.
Their daughter, Aurelia Rose, was born in 2019, and they welcomed their son, Bodhi, in October 2020.
Gone too soon: The Wanted singer died on Wednesday March 30 surrounded by his loved ones and bandmates, following a two-year battle with stage 4 glioblastoma
It comes after Kelsey shared a heartwarming photo of their daughter on her Instagram Stories on Wednesday and said that daddy had ‘come to see them.’
The fashion boutique owner captured little Aurelia holding a white feather and wrote: ‘Daddy came to see us at work.’
The toddler could not keep her eyes off the feather, which made the photograph all the more poignant.
‘Daddy came to see us’: On Wednesday, Kelsey shared a heartwarming photo of their daughter Aurelia, two, holding a feather
Never forgotten: Tom sadly passed away last month after his battle with cancer
Kelsey also took to her Instagram grid the same day to encourage fans of her late husband to gather outside a private funeral service that will be held next week.
The actress said it would be ‘beautiful’ to see his devotees ‘line the route’ to the church where his friends and family will pay tribute.
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.
Emotional: Kelsey also took to her Instagram grid the same day to encourage fans of her late husband to gather outside a private funeral service that will be held next week
‘You are then welcome to join us outside the church for the duration where the service will be relayed on screens.’
Kelsey took to Instagram on Saturday evening with a candid photo of her and her late husband, accompanied by a heartfelt message to their ever-loyal fanbase.
She wrote: ‘Words can’t express how much all of your love and support means right now. We are overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity.
Statement: Kelsey previously politely requested that people donate to her GoFundMe account instead of sending gifts and flowers, as she explained the proceeds would be going to causes in Tom’s name
Brave: Kelsey explained how she she desires to turn the grief into something ‘positive’ and ‘keep Tom’s memory alive forever’
‘We have set up a donations page for those of you wishing to donate in Tom’s memory. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts ❤️
‘In loving memory of my husband Tom Parker https://gofund.me/5e475780 (link in bio)’.
Kelsey has politely requested that people donate to her GoFundMe account instead of sending gifts and flowers, as she explained the proceeds would be going to causes in Tom’s name.
She wrote: ‘I am Kelsey Parker, very proud wife of Tom Parker, probably best known for being one fifth of UK boyband The Wanted, but to those who knew him he was my husband, a Daddy, son, brother and friend.
Wow: To date, the fundraiser has surpassed the goal by £46,000 with donations amounting to more than £52,000
As many of you know, Tom was diagnosed with a brain tumour in October 2020 and on Wednesday 30th March 2022 he passed away peacefully with all of his closest friends and family by his side.
‘Our hearts are truly broken, Tom was the centre of our world and we can’t imagine life without him, but one of the biggest sources of comfort over the last 2 years has been the outpouring of love and support we’ve all received.
‘We can’t thank everyone enough for holding Tom, myself and the children in your thoughts and prayers, for lighting candles and sharing beautiful messages of hope and condolence.’
Kelsey explained how she she desires to turn the grief into something ‘positive’ and ‘keep Tom’s memory alive forever.’
‘We want to take everyone’s incredible love, support and generosity and turn our grief into something positive and to keep Tom’s memory alive forever. We politely request that instead of gifts and flowers, donations are made to this GoFundMe account with all proceeds eventually going to amazing causes in Tom’s name, to help others in need.
‘We simply couldn’t have got through the last 2 years without the help and support we have received and if we can offer it back to others that would be the best way to honour Tom and make our two children, Aurelia and Bodhi proud,’ Kelsey said.
She signed off: ‘From the bottom of our hearts, a huge thank you. If love alone could have saved Tom, he would have lived forever…’.
To date, the fundraiser has surpassed the goal by £46,000 with donations amounting to more than £52,000.
Tragic loss: Tom ensured his young family were provided for by buying a ‘forever home’ touring and writing a memoir just months before his death from brain cancer aged 33 (pictured with wife Kelsey and children Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one)