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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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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