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Tom Parker’s Wanted bandmates carry his coffin at emotional funeral

Tom Parker was laid to rest by his bandmates Wednesday in an emotional funeral in London.

The surviving four members of The Wanted, Max George, Jay McGuiness, Siva Kaneswaran and Nathan Sykes, were photographed carrying the late singer’s casket.

Members of The Wanted carrying Tom Parker's coffin.
George and McGuiness are seen here helping their late bandmate’s casket.
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Parker died on March 30 at age 33 after more than a year of battling terminal brain cancer.

Aside from his boy band, One Direction member Liam Payne was also spotted at the service, which was held at St. Francis of Assisi church.

Liam Payne at Tom Parker's funeral.
In 2012, Tom seemingly blamed The Wanted’s breakup on One Direction, saying, “I don’t think any band out there can compete with them at the moment.”
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Although the funeral was private, Parker’s wife, Kelsey Parker, invited fans to join friends and family during a horse-drawn hearse procession into the church. The service was also relayed on screens outside.

Friends And Family Leave The Funeral Of The Wanteds Tom Parker

Kelsey Parker was seen breaking down outside of the church.

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Fans Mourn As The Wanted Star Tom Parker Laid To Rest

She is seen here consoled by loved ones.

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Hundreds showed up to pay their respects. A flower arrangement with the words “Glad You Came” — a tribute to The Wanted’s 2011 hit song — was seen spelled out in front, according to The Sun.

Kelsey appeared to be overcome with emotion as she wiped tears from her face.

There was another beautiful flower arrangement with the word “Daddy” spelled out.

Friends and family carry a sign that reads "Daddy" into Tom Parker's service.
Friends and family carried a sign that read “Daddy” into the service.
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Kelsey shared 2-year-old daughter Aurelia Rose and 1-year-old son Bodhi with Tom.

On April 2, the actress thanked fans for their emotional and financial support.

She wrote on Instagram, “Words can’t express how much all of your love and support means right now. We are overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity.

“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 ❤️.”

A photo of Tom Parker at his memorial service.
This photo of Tom with flowers surrounding it was present at the memorial service.
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Kelsey also broke the news of her late husband’s passing on social media, writing at the time, “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.”

Tom first disclosed in October 2020 that he had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.

He underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments and announced in November 2021 that his tumor was “under control.”

Tom joined The Wanted in 2009, and they released hits like “All Time Low” and “I Found You.”

The group went on hiatus in 2014 but reunited in 2021 for a greatest hits album and a charity concert in London in support of Tom.

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