Chris Hardman, aka Lil’ Chris, dies aged 24

Singer and star of TV's 'Rock School has passed away

Chris Hardman, better known by the name Lil Chris, has died.

BBC News reports that police confirmed the death of a man in Lowestoft and are not treating it as suspicious. They were called to an address in Union Road, Lowestoft, this morning (March 24) to reports a man had died suddenly, a spokeswoman said.

A post-mortem examination is due shortly and a file will be passed to the coroner.

New of Hardman’s death was first announced by friend and collaborator Lloyd Wilkinson, who wrote on Facebook: “I can not believe I’m doing this and I’m completely devastated. Rest in peace brother bear. Love you mate. Chris Hardman aka Lil’ Chris.”

Hardman, 24, first became famous in 2006 when he appeared in Channel 4’s Rock School in which Gene Simmons of Kiss took over a school in east Anglia and taught the students music with spots in the school band up for grabs.

After appearing on the show, Hardman signed to RCA Records and released debut single ‘Checkin’ It Out’ in September 2006. The single was a success and went straight into the Top Five. A debut album followed later that year.

Hardman was also an actor and starred in the West End musical Loserville in 2012.