Singing star Lil’ Chris found dead
Singer, guitarist and songwriter Lil’ Chris, who launched a singing career after he found success on the reality show ‘Rock School’, has passed away. The 24-year-old, whose real name was Chris Hardman, starred in the Channel 4 programme set at Kirkley High School in Lowestoft, Suffolk. He had his first hit single, Checkin’ It Out, after he appeared on the show in 2006.
Suffolk Police said it was not treating the death, reported on Monday, as suspicious. The force was called to an address in Union Road, Lowestoft, at around 11:45 GMT to reports a man had died suddenly, a spokeswoman said.
A post-mortem examination to establish the cause of death is due to take place, and a file will be passed to the coroner, she added. A number of musicians paid tribute to Lil’ Chris after news of his death was announced. Gene Simmons, who appeared on Rock School as Lil’ Chris’s music teacher, led tributes to him. “He was loved,” the Kiss frontman tweeted.
TV presenter and Strictly Come Dancing champion Caroline Flack tweeted: “He was a regular guest on [CBBC show] TMi Friday. Always always such a polite lovely guy. That’s so sad.” McBusted drummer Harry Judd tweeted: “Shocked and saddened to hear the news about Lil’ Chris. “He supported us a while back and was a little star and an awesome guy.”
Singing teacher and guitarist Simon Pink who has sung with Chris’s mother said ‘the family must be heartbroken. All of our thoughts are with them right now’.
Lowestoft boxer Anthony Ogogo, who went to the same school as the singer,called him a “super-talented kid”. “Thoughts go out to his family. Such a shame. Really nice guy and positive role model for our area,” he added.
Hardman’s last single, called Christmas Number One, was released in December 2013. He had recently performed in the stage musical Loserville.
Lil’ Chris last video ‘Taking The Easy Way Out’ which now sounds profound: