British singer Chris Hardman (aka Lil' Chris) was found dead today at the age of 24.
Chris was discovered on Channel 4 talent search show Rock School, and released his first single in 2006 'Checkin' It Out' that same year, which helped to make him a recognisable name both at home and abroad.
Gene Simmons, his mentor on the show, tweeted out his thoughts today after the news of the passing of the young singer had been confirmed.
Sad to report Lil Chris from the Gene Simmons Rock School TV show, has passed on. He was loved. RIP, Lil Chris. pic.twitter.com/ODlHs1bX6y
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) March 24, 2015
Police in Suffolk say they are not treating the death as suspicious. Hardman's last song was released in 2013, entitled 'Christmas Number One', and many who knew him have been tweeting their condolences today.
RIP @CJHardman. Lil Chris, big talent...pleasure to know you buddy...
— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) March 24, 2015
RIP Chris Hardman aka lil Chris :( only 24 years old so sad!
— Dynamo (@Dynamomagician) 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 ðŸ˜¢
— caroline flack (@carolineflack1) March 24, 2015