James Jordan pays tribute to Tom Parker after his father died of same illness

James Jordan paid tribute to Tom Parker on Wednesday after The Wanted star tragically passed away aged 33.

Tom had been bravely fighting an inoperable brain tumour since he was diagnosed with it in 2020.

It comes after James' father Allan tragically passed away from a brain tumour in March 2021.

Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, former Strictly Come Dancing pro James posted a picture of Tom as he paid tribute.

The professional dancer penned: "Just heard that Tom Parker passed away the same wicked disease that took my father.

"My thoughts and prayers are with his family. He was a very special man that I had the honour of meeting several times. Rest In Peace brother."

James added: "My dad will be there waiting for you with a beer," with a heart emoji.

The dancer announced in March 2021 that his "hero" dad had died. His father was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour in 2020, shortly after James and his wife Ola Jordan welcomed their daughter Ella.

Earlier today, on Wednesday 30 March, Tom's wife, Kelsey, took to Instagram to confirm the devastating news of her husband's death.

She announced: "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."

Kelsey added: "Thank you to everyone who has supported in his care throughout, he fought until the very end. I’m forever proud of you."

Celebrities have since flooded social media with tributes for the late star with Harry Judd and Alex Jones paying tribute on Wednesday's The One Show.

Speaking at the start of Wednesday's The One Show, Alex, 45, said: "We did want to start by talking about the very sad news that Tom Parker from the band The Wanted has died at the age of 33 after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

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"He was on The One Show not so long ago and of course Harry this is really sad news for you this afternoon because you knew him well, didn't you?"

To which McFly star Harry, 36, added: "I did yeah, it's desperately sad, it really is and Tom was just the loveliest guy, so charismatic and incredibly brave and positive throughout the process he went through.

"I think all we can say now is we send our love to his wife Kelsey and their two children [Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one]."

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