Tom Parker’s widow Kelsey has detailed how she held her husband’s hand as he died final month, including: ‘It was nonetheless lovely till the very finish.’
The Needed singer Tom died aged 33 following a battle with mind most cancers after he was recognized with stage four glioblastoma in October 2020, and was given simply 12 months to dwell by docs.
He handed away whereas surrounded by household and his fellow bandmates as he listened to the Oasis tune Stay Without end, with Kelsey telling The Solar on Sunday she was the final particular person by his aspect: ‘It was simply us and there was a lot love in that room.’
Emotional: Tom Parker’s widow Kelsey has stated she held her husband’s hand as he died final month, including: ‘It was nonetheless lovely till the very finish’
Mom-of-two Kelsey insisted Tom was in no ache as he died and stated she’d instructed their two-year-old daughter Aurelia that she was going to verify angels had been taking care of her father.
Whereas she fell in love with Tom as an adolescent earlier than he rose to fame with The Needed, she says her greatest days with him had been these shortly earlier than his loss of life.
The boyband star spent his final days in St Christopher’s Hospice in South London and Kelsey was there by his aspect all through.
Sickness: The Needed singer died following a battle with mind most cancers after he was recognized with stage four glioblastoma in October 2020 (pictured with youngsters Aurelia and Bodhi)
Tears: Tom’s funeral came about on April 20 as Champagne Supernova by Oasis performed on the street whereas Tom’s bandmates carried his coffin
She stated of the time earlier than he died: ‘I bought into mattress with him. We had been in mattress collectively for 2 hours, I simply wished that point with him. I didn’t need anybody coming in. We wanted that point collectively to speak.’
Kelsey insisted even the times on the hospice with Tom had been ‘romantic’, including that he ‘completely worshipped the bottom I walked on’.
She stated he was ‘nonetheless attempting to determine a manner out’ of his sickness per week after he arrived on the hospice.
‘I stated, “ Tom, I will probably be OK, the children will probably be OK. I’ll be sure that all the pieces you need them to know, the issues that you simply’ve taught me over time, I promise to show them all of it.”
‘He stated, “I do know you’re going to be OK.” He then took off his wedding ceremony ring and put it on my finger.’
Kelsey stated she thought Tom knew the top of his life was approaching however he nonetheless had ‘struggle’ in him.
In September 2021, 11 months on from his analysis, Tom sang on the Stand Up 2 Most cancers present on the Royal Albert Corridor and even launched into a Biggest Hits tour along with his bandmates when the tumour was confirmed as ‘secure’ in November.
However Tom’s situation deteriorated quickly as soon as the tour got here to an finish earlier this 12 months.
The tragic information of his loss of life was confirmed by Kelsey, who he has left behind together with their two youngsters, Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one.
Kelsey and Tom had been final seen in public collectively on the London 02 Area on March 15 the place Tom carried out along with his The Needed bandmates Max George, 33, Jay McGuinness, 31, Siva Kaneswaran, 33, and 29-year-old Nathan Sykes.
‘We’re really grateful for the outpouring of affection and help and ask that all of us unite to make sure Tom’s gentle continues to shine for his lovely youngsters,’ Tom’s spouse Kelsey stated after his loss of life
She was noticed tenderly kissing him on the pinnacle earlier than he took to the stage along with his group.
Kelsey stated she was ‘so proud’ Tom selected to go on tour once more however stated she observed one thing totally different about him after that efficiency, placing it right down to exhaustion at first.
She stated he went ‘downhill’ from there and wished to enter the hospice whereas Kelsey would have most popular him to remain at house.
Kelsey claims Tom didn’t need to put his family members by means of any extra ache so selected to hunt medical assist.
Of the day he died, Kelsey stated the music in his room was not turned off, describing it as his ‘life’ and ‘ardour’.
Household: The tragic information was confirmed by his spouse Kelsey, 32, whom he leaves behind together with their two youngsters, Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one
Heartfelt: In a prolonged caption Kelsey stated she ‘couldn’t think about life with out his infectious smile and energetic presence’
She stated how she’d instructed Tom to offer her indicators after he died and she or he went to take a seat exterior and cry after he handed, solely to lookup and see a feather fall from the sky.
Kelsey went on to say she’s been trustworthy together with her youngsters about all the pieces that’s occurred however discovered telling them that their father had died extraordinarily ‘robust’.
Tom’s funeral came about on April 20 as Champagne Supernova by Oasis performed on the street whereas Tom’s bandmates carried his coffin.
She insists Tom would have beloved his funeral, including that he had no clue about simply what number of hearts he’d touched throughout his life.
Kelsey concluded by insisting she’ll proceed to search for the positives in life and will probably be on the look ahead to indicators from Tom.
Stars: File picture dated 12/09/10 of (again row, left – proper) Siva Kaneswaran, Tom Parker, Jay McGuiness, (entrance row, left- proper) Max George, Nathan Sykes of The Needed backstage on the Assist For Heroes Live performance at Twickenham Stadium, south west London
Within the remaining image posted on his Instagram account earlier than his loss of life, Parker shared this snap of him on stage along with his bandmates
After his loss of life final month, Kelsey stated in a press release: ‘It’s with the heaviest of hearts that we affirm Tom handed away peacefully earlier at present with all of his household by his aspect.
‘Our hearts are damaged. Tom was the centre of our world and we will’t think about life with out his infectious smile and energetic presence.
‘We’re really grateful for the outpouring of affection and help and ask that all of us unite to make sure Tom’s gentle continues to shine for his lovely youngsters.’
She went on to thank everybody who has cared for Tom throughout his sickness, including that he fought the illness till the very finish.
Soul mates: Kelsey commented on plenty of the reposts together with one from actress Michelle Keegan (left), who was beforehand engaged to Tom’s bandmate Max George, which referred to as the couple ‘soul mates’
An announcement posted on the band’s official Instagram account learn: ‘The entire Needed household are devastated by the tragic and untimely lack of our bandmate Tom Parker, who handed away peacefully at lunchtime at present surrounded by his household and his band mates.
‘Tom was an incredible husband to Kelsey, and father to Aurelia and Bodhi. He was our brother, phrases can’t specific the loss and unhappiness we really feel. All the time and perpetually in our hearts.’
Kelsey reposted a string of tributes from associates on her Instagram Tales within the hours after her husband’s loss of life, together with many which referred to the devoted couple as ‘soulmates.’
Hospital: This picture, taken from a reel shared on Tom Parker’s official Instagram account, exhibits the singer recovering from an operation associated to the illness in a hospital robe
Most cancers battle: Tom was given simply 12 months to dwell when he was recognized with stage four glioblastoma in 2020 on the age of 31. But in October 2021, a 12 months after he went public along with his analysis, he was persevering with to make public appearances and used his fame to advocate for extra funding for mind tumour analysis, which solely receives round one per cent of complete most cancers analysis funding (picture of a younger Tom Parker shared on Instagram by his spouse Kelsey)
She commented on plenty of the reposts together with one from actress Michelle Keegan, who was beforehand engaged to Tom’s bandmate Max George.
Michelle wrote that she was ‘completely heartbroken for Kelsey,’ including that it ‘was an honour to witness first hand their love, they are surely the true definition of soul mates.’ Kelsey wrote in reply: ‘Love you. You knew how our love was so pure and trustworthy, soul mates till the top’.
On one other put up shared by a buddy in regards to the cheeky voice notes Tom would depart his family members, Kelsey wrote: ‘That is Tom Parker everybody. He modified so many lives in such a small period of time. Tom Parker I f**king love you. Such a legend. Simply the truth that he would ship messages like this… I imply are you able to think about the messages I bought.’
Saying goodbye: Kelsey broke down in tears after paying tribute to her ‘soulmate’ on the popstar’s funeral in south-east London this month
Tears: Kelsey, whom he married in 2018, broke down as she left the service, after earlier main the funeral procession of a horse and carriage by means of the streets of the couple’s local people
Kelsey broke down in tears after paying tribute to her ‘soulmate’ on the popstar’s funeral in south-east London earlier this month, saying: ‘If love alone might have saved you, you’d have lived perpetually’.
Earlier than the service, The Needed star’s bandmates had been pictured carrying the star’s black coffin adorned with lilies into the Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Petts Wooden.
Kelsey, whom he married in 2018, broke down as she left the service and kissed Tom’s coffin, after earlier main the funeral procession of a horse and carriage by means of the streets of the couple’s local people.
Loss: Tom’s The Needed bandmates Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes had been pictured carrying the star’s black coffin into the Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Petts Wooden for his funeral
Crowds: Mourners lined the streets as Tom’s coffin was carried alongside the route forward of the service
A pre-recorded message from Kelsey was performed at his funeral service inside which she shared anecdotes about how the pair first met at a nightclub earlier than he shot to fame with The Needed, including: ‘From that second I instructed everybody I wished to marry Tom Parker.’
The congregation erupted into laughter as she stated: ‘Tom instructed me he was going to be well-known and wouldn’t have time for a girlfriend, however he wouldn’t go away me alone.
‘I’ll treasure each reminiscence as a result of life with you was by no means uninteresting. You had been at all times arising with songs, new sport exhibits and everyone knows how a lot you liked an invention – I guess you had been gutted you by no means made it on Dragons’ Den.
‘Marrying you was the most effective day of my life… soulmates, that’s what we’re,’ she stated, ending the speech by telling Tom: ‘If love alone might have saved you, you’d have lived perpetually.’
Last kiss goodbye: Kelsey was seen embracing the coffin earlier than it was pushed away within the hearse. She positioned a single white rose on high earlier than kissing the coffin
WHAT IS A GLIOBLASTOMA AND JUST HOW DEADLY IS IT?
Glioblastoma is taken into account essentially the most aggressive tumor that may type within the mind.
Sufferers have a 10 p.c likelihood of surviving 5 years after their analysis, in response to figures.
The typical lifespan is between 14 and 16 months.
Three adults per each 100,000 will probably be struck down with a glioblastoma, says The American Affiliation of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).
It’s mostly present in males aged 50 to 60, and there’s no hyperlink between growing glioblastoma and having a earlier historical past with different cancers.
WHAT IS THE TUMOR MADE OF?
The tumor is made up of a mass of cells rising shortly within the mind, and typically sufferers don’t have any household historical past of the illness.
It received’t unfold to different organs, nonetheless, as soon as it’s recognized, it’s almost not possible to focus on, surgeons declare.
WHAT TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE?
As a result of the tumor probably already unfold deep into the mind by the point it’s recognized, the cancerous tissue is extremely troublesome to take away.
Surgeon will solely ever take away the tumor, or a part of the tumor, if it received’t do any harm to the encircling mind tissue.
Dr Babcar Cisse, a neurosurgeon on the Weill Cornell Mind and Backbone Heart, instructed Day by day Mail On-line in July 2017: ‘By the point a glioblastoma is recognized, microfibers can unfold to the remainder of the mind which an MRI wouldn’t spot.
‘So even when the principle tumor is eliminated and the affected person receives radiation and chemotherapy, it’s going to come again.’
GRADING A GLIOBLASTOMA
Mind tumors are graded from between one to 4, relying on how briskly they develop and the way aggressive they’re.
Malignant tumors are both given a high-grade three or 4, whereas benign ones are given a decrease grade one or two.
Sufferers sometimes complain of signs similar to confused imaginative and prescient, hassle with reminiscence, dizziness and complications.
The signs are considerably nonspecific, and range from individual to individual, and will not persist.
The illness is due to this fact not possible to diagnose primarily based on signs alone.