The dad of three, who became friends with Neil as a teenager, reflected on how they spent most of their time climbing trees.
In a nod to his late pal, Tom shared a photo of a gigantic tree, with his 1.8 million Instagram followers.
“Today has been a difficult, sad day. My closest friend through my teenage years, died this morning, ” Tom wrote in his long caption.
“We met when we were around 13 and have been immediately as brothers and sisters.
“We have rejected over the years, which is totally my fault and I was absolutely rubbish at being a friend, even if deep down I think and I hope that we both knew that we would always be there for each other.
Tom has not revealed the cause of the death of Neil, but he added: “We knew this day was coming just not that it would be soon and I thought I was going to get to see him again so today has been difficult. My heart is with his family tonight.
Instead of sharing a photo of Neil, Tom has justified its choice of an image of a sunset in the nature to the memory of their lovemaking in the open air.
“It wasn’t really about social media, so I’m not sure he would have wanted me to post a picture of him, but since we spent most of our time in the park climbing trees, challenging each other to see who could climb to the top, I’m looking up to this one thinking that you have mounted today, Neil. Rest now my friend, X. ”
Tom is currently self-isolating with his wife Giovanna and their three sons, Buzz, six, Boyfriend, four, and Max, 22 months.
During the lockout, the legendary British group came together once more to re-record a success that has been devoted to the NHS frontline workers.
Tom’s children Max, Buzz and Buddy, and band mates Harry and Danny children also made cameos in the re-recoded song.
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