Inquest into death of Suffolk singer Lil' Chris

An inquest into the death of Chris Hardman, who was 24 and from Lowestoft, in Suffolk, has found he died from hanging.

The pop star, known as Lil' Chris, shot to fame in Channel 4's Rock School after Kiss frontman Gene Simmons made him the lead singer of a student band.

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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".

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