Singer-songwriter Lil’ Chris – who found fame on the Channel 4 series
Rock School before going on to achieve top ten success – has died aged
According to the Mirror the news of his death broke on Tuesday
morning, with fans flocking to social media to pay their respects to the
singer, best remembered for the 2006 top three hit Checking It Out.
The cause of his death remains unclear, although a report in The Sun
suggested police investigating in his home town of Lowestoft were not
treating it as suspicious.
Chris – real name Christopher James Hardman – first sprang to fame
aged 15 after being featured in the second series of Rock School, in
which Kiss rocker Gene Simmons attempted to form a band from students at
Kirkley High School in Lowestoft.
His musical abilities saw him chosen to be frontman of the group,
named Hoax UK, who later went on to perform alongside Judas Priest,
Anthrax and Rob Zombie at a concert in California.
He went on to sign a deal with RCA Records, with Checking It Out soaring to number three in the charts in September 2006.
The track was his only top ten hit, although he returned to the top
20 later that year with the follow-up Getting Enough, which reached
He went on to release his debut self-titled album in December that year.
Chris was mentored through the series by Kiss rocker Gene Simmons (Picture: Channel 4)
Chris also notched up several TV appearances during his career,
including fronting the T4 show Everybody Loves Lil’ Chris – which saw
him interviewing a string of pop stars including P!nk, The Saturdays and