Tom Parker, a singer for the British-Irish boy band the Wanted, has died after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. He was 33.

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

We are all absolutely devastated but we are gonna fight this all the way. We don’t want your sadness, we just want love and positivity and together

we will raise awareness of this terrible disease and look for all available treatment options. It’s gonna be a tough battle but with everyone’s love and we are going to beat

Born and raised in Bolton, U.K., Parker picked up the guitar at age 16. Before his short-lived time at Manchester University as a geography student

He went on to audition for “The X Factor,” in which he was eliminated during the first round. Parker was a former member of a Take That tribute band, Take That II

 The Wanted in 2009 with members Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes. The group rose to stardom with their 2010 debut

 After signing with Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande’s manager Scooter Braun, the group swept the U.K. charts with “Glad You Came” from their second album “Battleground

Other hits from the band include “Heart Vacancy,” “Lose My Mind” and “Chasing the Sun.” The band went on indefinite hiatus in 2014 to solo projects

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