Lil’ Chris’s family speak about son’s battle with depression following recent death

Family issue statement paying tribute to their late son

The family of Chris Hardman, aka Lil’ Chris, have issued a statement following his death last week.

In the statement, the Hardman family confirmed that their son had battled with mental health problems in his life. Suffolk police are not treating his death as suspicious.

“Chris had struggled with mental health issues and depression in recent years,” the family statement said. “He was committed to helping others find better ways of overcoming this illness and publicly said he wished to find a cure.”

His family added: “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.”

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A funeral for Hardman will be held soon with those attending asked to wear green, which was the singer’s favourite colour.

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.