An inquest into the death of Chris Hardman, aka Lil’ Chris, has opened, with the cause of the singer’s death cited as hanging.
Hardman passed away in March, aged 24. The singer was known for starring in Channel 4’s Rock School in 2006, a show that saw Gene Simmons of Kiss take over a school in east Anglia and teach the students music. He was found dead at his home in Lowestoft on March 23.
As reported by BBC Suffolk, Hardman’s family have confirmed that he had a history of mental illness and depression. The inquest at St Margaret’s House in Lowestoft has now been adjourned, with a full hearing scheduled for July 28.
The inquest, at St Margaret’s House in Lowestoft, was conducted by coroner Dr Peter Dean. Those in attendance were told told Hardman was found by his friend. Emergency services were called to his home on Union Road but Hardman was declared dead by paramedics an hour later.
The emergency services were called to the house in Union Road, before Mr Hardman was declared dead an hour later by a paramedic.
Following Rock School, Hardman went on to sign to RCA Records and released debut single ‘Checkin’ It Out’ in September 2006, which went straight into the UK Top Five. A debut album followed later that year. He also starred in the West End musical Loserville in 2012.
Leading the tributes to Hardman following his death, Gene Simmons posted a photograph of the Rock School cast, with the words: “Sad to report Lil Chris from the Gene Simmons Rock School TV show, has passed on. He was loved. RIP, Lil Chris.”
McBusted members James Bourne, Tom Fletcher and Danny Jones also spoke of their sadness. Bourne posted: “Chris . I will miss you . Your friendship and your talent ! Rest in peace,” while Fletcher added, “Can’t tell you how absolutely tragic it is to hear about Chris. Such a sweet, lovely dude. So shocked and sad.”
Former X Factor contestant Jake Quickenden toured with Hardman and has called him a “lovely down to earth lad”, adding, “Where ever you are be happy and keep singing mate”.
Samaritans’ deputy chief executive Fiona Malcolm says the charity had been “saddened” by Hardman’s death and stated that the charity “wants people to know Samaritans is here for them if they need to talk”.