Tom Parker’s widow Kelsey recalls the heartbreaking moment she held his hand as he died – What We Know!

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Tom Parker’s widow Kelsey has detailed how she held her husband’s hand as he died final month, including: ‘It was nonetheless stunning till the very finish.’

The Needed singer Tom died aged 33 following a battle with mind most cancers after he was identified with stage 4 glioblastoma in October 2020, and was given simply 12 months to reside by docs.

He handed away whereas surrounded by household and his fellow bandmates as he listened to the Oasis music Stay Perpetually, with Kelsey telling The Solar on Sunday she was the final particular person by his facet: ‘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 stunning 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 a youngster earlier than he rose to fame with The Needed, she says her finest days with him had been these shortly earlier than his demise.

The boyband star spent his final days in St Christopher’s Hospice in South London and Kelsey was there by his facet all through.

Illness: The Wanted singer died following a battle with brain cancer after he was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma in October 2020 (pictured with children Aurelia and Bodhi)

Sickness: The Needed singer died following a battle with mind most cancers after he was identified with stage 4 glioblastoma in October 2020 (pictured with youngsters Aurelia and Bodhi)

Tears: Tom's funeral took place on April 20 as Champagne Supernova by Oasis played in the street while Tom's bandmates carried his coffin

Tears: Tom’s funeral occurred 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 needed 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 approach out’ of his sickness every week after he arrived on the hospice.  

‘I stated, “You already know Tom, I will probably be OK, the youngsters will probably be OK. I’ll ensure that every thing you need them to know, the issues that you just’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 marriage 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 Best 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 yr.

The tragic information of his demise 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 Enviornment 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 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 after his death

‘We’re really grateful for the outpouring of affection and help and ask that all of us unite to make sure Tom’s mild continues to shine for his stunning youngsters,’ Tom’s spouse Kelsey stated after his demise

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 seen one thing totally different about him after that efficiency, placing it all the way down to exhaustion at first.

She stated he went ‘downhill’ from there and needed to enter the hospice whereas Kelsey would have most well-liked him to remain at residence.

Kelsey claims Tom didn’t wish to put his family members via 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’.

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

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

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 outdoors and cry after he handed, solely to lookup and see a feather fall from the sky.

Kelsey went on to say she’s been sincere along with her youngsters about every thing that’s occurred however discovered telling them that their father had died extraordinarily ‘robust’.

Tom’s funeral occurred 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 photo dated 12/09/10 of (back row, left - right) Siva Kaneswaran, Tom Parker, Jay McGuiness, (front row, left- right) Max George, Nathan Sykes of The Wanted backstage at the Help For Heroes Concert at Twickenham Stadium, south west London

Stars: File photograph 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

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

Within the remaining image posted on his Instagram account earlier than his demise, Parker shared this snap of him on stage along with his bandmates

 

After his demise final month, Kelsey stated in a press release: ‘It’s with the heaviest of hearts that we verify Tom handed away peacefully earlier right now with all of his household by his facet.

‘Our hearts are damaged. Tom was the centre of our world and we are able to’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 mild continues to shine for his stunning 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 a number of the reposts including one from actress Michelle Keegan

Friends: Another repost showed the couple with a mutual pal as Kelsey called Tom 'Our angel boy'

Soul mates: Kelsey commented on quite a few 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 right now surrounded by his household and his band mates.  

‘Tom was a tremendous husband to Kelsey, and father to Aurelia and Bodhi. He was our brother, phrases can’t categorical the loss and unhappiness we really feel. At all times and perpetually in our hearts.’

Kelsey reposted a string of tributes from pals on her Instagram Tales within the hours after her husband’s demise, together with many which referred to the devoted couple as ‘soulmates.’

Hospital: This image, taken from a reel shared on Tom Parker's official Instagram account, shows the singer recovering from an operation related to the disease in a hospital gown

Hospital: This picture, taken from a reel shared on Tom Parker’s official Instagram account, reveals the singer recovering from an operation associated to the illness in a hospital robe

Cancer battle: Tom was given just 12 months to live when he was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma in 2020 at the age of 31. Yet in October 2021, a year after he went public with his diagnosis, he was continuing to make public appearances and used his fame to advocate for more funding for brain tumour research, which only receives around one per cent of total cancer research funding (image of a young Tom Parker shared on Instagram by his wife Kelsey)

Most cancers battle: Tom was given simply 12 months to reside when he was identified with stage 4 glioblastoma in 2020 on the age of 31. But in October 2021, a yr 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 whole most cancers analysis funding (picture of a younger Tom Parker shared on Instagram by his spouse Kelsey)

She commented on quite a few 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 sincere, soul mates till the top’.

On one other submit shared by a pal concerning 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' at the popstar's funeral in south-east London this month

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 leading the funeral procession of a horse and carriage through the streets of the couple's local community

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 via 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 via the streets of the couple’s local people.  

Loss: Tom's The Wanted bandmates Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes were pictured carrying the star's black coffin into the Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Petts Wood for his funeral

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 along the route ahead of the service

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 needed 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 depart me alone.

‘I’ll treasure each reminiscence as a result of life with you was by no means uninteresting. You had been all the time arising with songs, new recreation reveals and everyone knows how a lot you really liked an invention – I guess you had been gutted you by no means made it on Dragons’ Den.  

‘Marrying you was one of the best 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.’

Final kiss goodbye: Kelsey was seen embracing the coffin before it was driven away in the hearse. She placed a single white rose on top before kissing the coffin

Remaining 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 probably the most aggressive tumor that may type within the mind. 

Sufferers have a ten p.c likelihood of surviving 5 years after their analysis, in line with figures. 

The common 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 rapidly within the mind, and most often sufferers haven’t any household historical past of the illness.

It gained’t unfold to different organs, nevertheless, as soon as it’s identified, it’s practically inconceivable to focus on, surgeons declare.

WHAT TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE? 

As a result of the tumor doubtless already unfold deep into the mind by the point it’s identified, 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 gained’t do any harm to the encompassing mind tissue.

Dr Babcar Cisse, a neurosurgeon on the Weill Cornell Mind and Backbone Middle, instructed Day by day Mail On-line in July 2017: ‘By the point a glioblastoma is identified, microfibers can unfold to the remainder of the mind which an MRI wouldn’t spot.

‘So even when the primary tumor is eliminated and the affected person receives radiation and chemotherapy, it is 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. 

SYMPTOMS

Sufferers usually complain of signs akin to confused imaginative and prescient, bother with reminiscence, dizziness and complications.

The signs are considerably nonspecific, and fluctuate from individual to individual, and will not persist. 

The illness is due to this fact inconceivable to diagnose primarily based on signs alone.