Musician Lil’ Chris has passed away, it has been reported.
Chris Hardman first rose to fame on the second series of Channel 4’s Rock School back in 2006, before signing a record deal with RCA Records.
His debut single Checkin’ It Out peaked at Number 3 on the Official Singles Chart in 2006, with follow up Gettin’ Enough hitting Number 17.
Tributes have already begun pouring in for the young singer-songwriter:
So sad to hear about Lil Chris. He was such a genuinely sweet and funny guy, we had some awesome… https://t.co/qNQFdfwDlV— Dougie Poynter (@DougiePoynter) March 24, 2015
Oh my god . Lil Chris . He was a regular guest on TMI. Always always such a polite lovely guy . That's so sad 😢— caroline flack (@carolineflack1) March 24, 2015
Shocked and saddened to hear the news about Lil' Chris. He supported us a while back and was a little star and an awesome guy. #RIPChris— Harry Judd (@mcflyharry) March 24, 2015
RIP Chris Hardman aka lil Chris :( only 24 years old so sad!— Dynamo (@Dynamomagician) March 24, 2015
R.I.P @CJHardman ❤️ I loved you since I was a little girl, thoughts and prayers go out to your family, you'll be truly missed by everyone❤️— Amelia Lily (@AmeliaLilyOffic) March 24, 2015
Can't believe the sad news about lil Chris. We worked with him a few years ago and he was a lovely young lad..taken too soon. Mark #ripchris— Sam & Mark (@samandmarktv) March 24, 2015
Chris . I will miss you . Your friendship and your talent ! Rest in peace . #RIPCJHardman— James Bourne (@JamesBourne) March 24, 2015
Can't tell you how absolutely tragic it is to hear about Chris. Such a sweet, lovely dude. So shocked and sad. #RIPCJHardman— Tom Fletcher (@tommcfly) March 24, 2015
Suffolk Police have confirmed they are not treating the death as suspicious.