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Family of Lil' Chris pay tribute

Christopher Hardman Credit: Suffolk Police

The family of Lil' Chris have paid tribute to the Suffolk singer who was found dead last week.

24 year old Chris Hardman was found dead at a property in Lowestoft last Monday.

He 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.

"Chris was a huge personality who will be missed by everyone who knew him. He was a hugely creative person who used this side of his personality to make others smile, to cheer people up, and to make others feel better. If he wasn’t bringing joy through music he was telling jokes or pulling pranks. He was the sunshine on a rainy day, and could make friends the minute he walked into a room, making everyone smile with his gorgeous, cheeky face.

A real people person, he would always take the time to stop and talk, no matter who or when, and we are proud that he was so well thought of by all who knew him. So many commented on what a lovely, well brought up person he was, so polite and kind and a pleasure to know.

Chris had struggled with mental health issues and depression in recent years. He was committed to helping others find better ways of overcoming this illness and publicly said he wished to find a cure. Despite this, his concern was always his family and his friends, whose happiness was his priority.

– The Hardman family

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Exclusive: McBusted drummer Harry Judd hails "amazing" Lil' Chris

McBusted drummer Harry Judd has hailed his friend Lil' Chris as an "amazing guy" and "talented kid" following news of the Suffolk singer's death.

The 24-year-old from Lowestoft was found dead in the town on Monday morning.

Officers are not treating the death as suspicious.

McBusted recently performed a song in tribute to the singer because he used to support their former band McFly.

Now, Harry Judd has been sharing his memories of their time together.

Click below to hear the interview with Harry Judd

"Never has a support act had such an impact on us as a band.

We used to have him on stage with us, we'd never done that before. He was such an amazing guy."

– Harry Judd, McBusted drummer

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

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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.

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