Ed Sheeran helped Tom Parker handle medical bills while treating brain cancer

Ed Sheeran helped Tom Parker handle medical bills while treating brain cancer

Ed Sheeran helped pay for some of the medical treatment the late Wanted star Tom Parker received during his time battling brain cancer.

Parker told fans in October 2020 that he had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and died last March after battling the disease for 18 months.

“It is with a heavy heart that we confirm that Tom passed away peacefully earlier today with his entire family by his side,” the singer’s wife Kelsey wrote in a post on her Instagram page.

In his posthumous autobiography HopeSet for release on May 26, Parker reveals that Sheeran helped pay some of his medical bills while he was undergoing cancer treatment.

“Pretty much from the moment I was diagnosed, Ed Sheeran reached out to me with an offer to do whatever I could to help,” Parker writes in excerpts from the book, published by The sun today (May 14).

Parker went on to call Sheeran “a very special man,” adding that the ‘Shape Of You’ hitmaker will “probably be pissed” that he revealed how he “helped out” with his medical bills when Parker looked into other treatment options in addition to private sought immunotherapy.

“He didn’t have to do any of this but my wife Kelsey and I are so grateful for his support. It meant the world,” Parker writes in his forthcoming book.

At the time of Parker’s death, Sheeran took to Instagram to pay tribute, writing, “So sad to hear of Tom’s passing. Thoughts and love are with Kelsey, his children and family. Very sad day what a nice guy x”

Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran was one of more than 35 musicians supporting this month’s Teenage Cancer Trust auction.

The artists donated items to the charity’s Star Boot Sale fundraiser, which began April 29 and ended May 12. Sheeran donated some rare guitar picks to the charity.

Some of the other merchandise up for grabs were flights to New York and a VIP experience at The Who’s Madison Square Garden gig, an Ibiza Rocks drumhead signed by Jake Bugg, a signed Depeche Mode guitar, Noel Gallagher’s signed sneakers, Stereophonics signed Drumsticks and a poster signed by AC/DC.

Take That, Paul Weller, Jools Holland and The Vaccines also contributed to the auction.

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