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02nd Apr 2022

The Wanted’s Max George pays tribute to ‘best bud’ Tom Parker

Kieran Galpin

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Parker is survived by his wife and two kids

Max George has paid tribute to his The Wanted bandmate Tom Parker, who sadly passed away on Wednesday following his battle with brain cancer.

Tom Parker was 32 when he died, reportedly to Oasis as he had requested. While celebrity tributes immediately poured in, fans awaited a response from Parker’s bandmates.

Now, “best bud” Max George, 33, has shared a lengthy statement to his 299k Instagram followers.


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“Tom, my brother, my boy, my band mate, my best bud.. You lit up so many lives all over the world but I can only speak on behalf of mine,” he wrote. “From the minute I met you, I knew this was gonna be a special chapter in my life. I was right.”

He continued: “We did everything together, some amazing things, some outrageous things. Im so proud of what we achieved as band mates and as brothers. I’m also proud that I was there the night you met Kels. I remember saying to you, ‘you like her don’t you?’.. to which you replied, ‘bro, like you wouldn’t believe’. You two really are like peas and carrots.

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“Thank you for choosing me as your friend. It was an honour from day one. I’m so grateful I was with you until the very end. The courage and dignity I have witnessed over the last few months surpassed the lion I already knew you were.”

George spoke on the “huge hole” left in his life but spoke of the hope in the form of “your two beautiful babies, your wonderful wife, our music, your fans and in my heart.”

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He concluded: “I’m heartbroken beyond words right now and I cannot even begin to imagine what the future holds without you, but whatever I do going forward, even on my darkest days, I can always smile and say, ‘I shared the stage with Tom Parker.

“I am going to miss you so much. I love you mate. Always. George.”

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