British Pop Star Lil' Chris, Who Found Fame with the Help of Gene Simmons, Dead at 24
Police said they are not treating Christopher Hardman's death as suspicious
British pop star Lil’ Chris, who gained fame after appearing on the British reality show Rock School when he was just 15, has died according to multiple reports. He was 24.
Lil’ Chris – real name Christopher Hardman – was plucked from obscurity when he appeared on the Channel 4 series that featured KISS band member Gene Simmons.
In the reality show, Simmons worked with a group of teenagers from a high school in the British town of Lowestoft and transformed them into a rock band. Hardman emerged as the breakout star and released a single shortly after it aired. “Checkin’ It Out” peaked at number 3 on the British charts. More recently, he performed in the West End production of Loserville: The Musical in 2012.
According to the BBC, police responded to an address in Lowestoft late Monday morning after receiving a call about a man who had died suddenly. Police are not treating the death as suspicious; an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
Simmons reacted to Hardman’s death on Twitter Tuesday, expressing sorrow for the loss of the young man he once mentored.
“Sad to report Lil Chris from the Gene Simmons Rock School TV show, has passed on. He was loved. RIP, Lil Chris.” he wrote.
Hardman sent his final Tweet last Wednesday, an upbeat message that in retrospect could serve as a goodbye to his fans.
“Good morning everybody! Lovely day! Love you all x”