Rock School’s Lil’ Chris dead at 24

It is with heavy hearts that we report the sad news that Lil’ Chris has been found dead at  the tender age of 24.

Lil’ Chris (real name: Chris Hardman) was found dead today at his home in Lowestoft at around 11:45 GMT today.

Chris first found fame at 15 when he appeared in series two of Channel 4’s Rock School. He went on to sign a record deal with major label RCA and released his debut single Checkin’ It Out in September 2006. It reached number three in the UK Singles Chart.

A Suffolk Police spokeswoman said: ‘Police investigating the sudden death of a man in Lowestoft can confirm they are not treating it as suspicious.

‘Officers received a call from the ambulance service on Monday 23 March at around 11:45am and attended an address following a sudden death of a 24-year-old man.

‘A post mortem examination is due to take place to establish the cause of death and a file will be passed to the coroner in due course and an inquest opened.’  

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service confirmed that they ‘received a call at 11.19am to a report of a man in his 20s who was unconscious and not breathing’.

‘A paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance officer attended the scene. However, despite their best efforts, the patient was declared dead at the scene.’ 

Back in December Chris wrote on Twitter: “I’m planning to come back again! Hopefully this time for a little longer! Keep sticking around for updates.”

However, earlier this month, the musician admitted 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.”

The star has previously been vocal about suffering with depression, mentioning the illness in two separate tweets last year.

He said: “I hope to one day create a way out of depression that doesn’t mean taking your own life. The Cure.”

“Depression really sucks. Learning how to notice it can save lives and your own feelings at times. Take time to understand it, for everybody.”

In a final post to his 25.5k Twitter followers sent on 18 March, he wrote: “Good morning everybody! Lovely day! Love you all x.”


Everyone at Rebellious Noise would like to send our condolences to the family and friends of Chris at this sad time.