Ed Sheeran generously contributed to Tom Parker’s private medical treatment during his arduous battle with brain cancer.
The Wanted singer died in March at the age of 33 after being diagnosed with glioblastoma, an inoperable brain tumour, in October 2020.
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Parker’s closest friends rallied around him at the height of his cancer battle to ensure he was receiving the best possible round-the-clock care.
According to Parker’s upcoming memoir, “Hope: My Inspirational Life,” one of them was British singing sensation, Ed Sheeran.
Parker described the “Shape of You” singer as a “special man,” and said his thoughtful gesture meant “the world” to him and his wife, Kelsey Parker.
An extract from the book read, “I’ve never publicly said this before (and he’ll probably be mad that I’m doing it now) but Ed is a very special man, he even helped out with my medical bills when I was seeking other treatment options and having private immunotherapy.”
“He didn’t need to do any of that, but my wife Kelsey and I are so grateful to him for his support, it meant the world.”
When Sheeran joined The Wanted on tour over a decade ago, the two became friends.
Tom Parker, who had a 2-year-old daughter, Aurelia, and a 1-year-old son, Bodhi, with Kelsey, underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments and announced in November 2021 that his tumour was “under control,” but cancer returned shortly after.
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The singer joined The Wanted in 2009, and the band went on to have hit singles such as “Glad You Came,” “All Time Low,” and “I Found You.”
The band went on hiatus in 2014 but reformed in 2021 for a greatest hits album and a benefit concert for Parker in London.