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Local reaction to the death of singer Lil' Chris

People living in Lowestoft have been reacting to the death of singer Lil' Chris.

24 year old Chris Hardman became famous after he starred in the Channel 4 series Rock School when he was a pupil at Kirkley High in Lowestoft. He went on to have a successful solo career.

He was found dead yesterday morning. Police are investigating his death but say there are no suspicious circumstances.

Jim Rice has been in Lil' Chris's hometown of Lowestoft where people have been left shocked by his death


Rock legend pays tribute to Lil' Chris

Rock legend Gene Simmons has paid tribute to Lil' Chris the singer he discovered on the hit show Rock School. Simmons formed a band from youngsters at Kirkley High School in Lowestoft for the Channel 4 programme. Lil' Chris real name Chris Hardman went on to have a successful solo career. The 24 year old was found dead in Lowestoft on Monday. Late this afternoon Simmons tweeted "He was loved. RIP Lil' Chris"

Police investigating Lil' Chris death

Singer Lil' Chris who has died at the age of 24 Credit: Press Association

Police have confirmed they are investigating the death of singer Lil' Chris in Lowestoft.

The 24-year-old who starred in Channel 4's Rock School was found dead on Monday.

In a statement Suffolk Police said:

“Police investigating the sudden death of a man in Lowestoft can confirm they are not treating it as suspicious.

“Officers received a call from the ambulance service on Monday 23 March at around 11:45am and attended an address in Union Road following a sudden death of a 24-year-old man.

“A post mortem examination is due to take place to establish the cause of death and a file will be passed to the coroner in due course and an inquest opened.”

– Suffolk Police

Stars tweet tributes to Lil' Chris

Celebrities have been tweeting tributes to Lil' Chris the Lowestoft born singer who has died.

Aged 24 Chris Hardman shot to fame in Channel 4's Rock School programme when the show was filmed at Kirkley High School when he was a pupil there.


Lil' Chris: Rock School star dies aged 24

Singer Lil' Chris - who shot to fame on reality show Rock School - has died aged 24.

Singer Lil' Chris who has died at the age of 24. Credit: Press Association

Suffolk Police said they responded to the "sudden death" of a 24-year-old man in Lowestoft on Monday morning at around 11.45 am.

Officers are not treating the death as suspicious, a Suffolk Police spokesperson added.

The singer, real name Chris Hardman, starred in Channel 4 series Rock School in 2006 when he was just 15.

He managed to land a music deal after the show and his debut single ‘Checkin’ It Out’ reached number three in the charts.

Fans and other industry figures have been paying tribute to Hardman on Twitter.

Caroline Flack, who met the star on children's show TMI, described the singer as such a "lovely guy".

Magician Dynamo also tweeted, saying:

Tom Mann, a member of X Factor boyband Stereo Kicks, described him as a "class act".

CCTV cameras to be installed across Lowestoft seafront

New CCTV cameras to be installed on Lowestoft seafront Credit: ITV News Anglia

New CCTV cameras are to be installed across the lower promenade along Lowestoft seafront.

Waveney District Council, the Sentinel Leisure Trust, Suffolk police and Waveney Norse have together managed to secure funding for the project

The cameras are being put up after complaints of vandalism by residents.

The cameras are expected to be up and running before the peak summer season begins.

"Community safety is extremely important and although the seafront is a fantastic place to visit and spend time, this can be spoiled by the thoughtless actions of a silly minority. Hopefully this partnership scheme will make a difference."

– Cllr Stephen Ardley, Deputy Leader, Waveney District Council

The cameras will be linked to the Waveney Norse CCTV room and monitored 24 hours a day.

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