Tragedy as Lil’ Chris – star of Channel 4 reality show Rock School – is found dead aged 24
- Actor, singer and TV personality died in Lowestoft on Monday, police said
- Suffolk police said Chris’s sudden death is not being treated as suspicious
- The young star had previously been vocal about suffering with depression
- McBusted and Caroline Flack among celebrities paying tribute to the star
- Rock Show’s Gene Simmons also tweeted: ‘He was loved. RIP, Lil Chris’
Tributes are pouring in for Lil’ Chris, the star of Channel 4 Rock School fame, who has been found dead at the age of 24.
The actor, singer and TV personality, whose real name is Chris Hardman, died on Monday in his home town of Lowestoft.
The news comes just months before the young star was preparing to launch a pop comeback. Police have said his death is not being treated as suspicious.
McBusted’s Harry Judd and Strictly Come Dancing’s Caroline Flack are among the celebrities who have paid tribute to the ‘lovely, young lad’.
Kiss frontman Gene Simmons, who propelled Chris to fame on Rock School after making him the lead singer of a student band, also tweeted: ‘Sad to report Lil Chris from the Gene Simmons Rock School TV show, has passed on. He was loved. RIP, Lil Chris.’
He later told Mirror Online: ‘Lil Chris was a kind, little soul. I will greatly miss his smile and his spirit. I knew there was something special about him as soon as I met him.’
After becoming the show’s breakout star, Chris was offered a solo deal, going on to release his best-known hit, Checkin’ It Out, in 2006.
The song, later used in Asda’s George clothing campaigns, debuted at number 13 in the UK Single Chart, and shot to Number 3 the following week.
The news of his death comes four months before he was due to release a comeback album, having not released one since 2008’s What’s It All About.
In December he wrote on Twitter: ‘I’m planning to come back again! Hopefully this time for a little longer! Keep sticking around for updates. (sic)’
But earlier this month, the musician told his followers that he was considering giving up his career as a singer.
He wrote: ‘Thinking about quitting music forever…there has to come a time eventually when I have to face reality. I’m just not good enough. (sic)’
The star has previously been vocal about suffering with depression, mentioning the illness in two separate tweets last year.
He tweeted: ‘I hope to one day create a way out of depression that doesn’t mean taking your own life. The Cure.’