Chris Hardman a.k.a. Lil’ Chris Dead at 24
The UK has lost one of its brighter young stars. Lil’ Chris has died at the age of 24.
Born Christopher James Hardman, the English singer-songwriter, actor and TV personality got his start at age 15 when he was signed to RCA and released “Checkin’ It Out,” a debut single that shot to No. 3 on the UK singles chart. This came shortly after his debut appearance on the second season of Channel 4’s Rock School, a series in which KISS frontman Gene Simmons attempted to form a rock band out of a group of students attending Kirkley High School (now East Point Academy) in Lowestoft. He would later star in his own TV series titled Everybody Loves Lil’ Chris.
A cause of death has not been disclosed, although Hardman had a history of depression. “I hope to one day create a way out of depression that doesn’t mean taking your own life. The Cure,” he wrote in a post last year. He would later add, “Depression really sucks. Learning how to notice it can save lives and your own feelings at times. Take time to understand it, for everybody.”
However, earlier this month, Hardman revealed he was considering leaving the music industry altogether. In another Twitter post, he would write, “Thinking about quitting music forever…there has to come a time eventually when I have to face reality. I’m just not good enough.
That said, Hardman had mostly remained positive since then. In his final post to his Twitter followers, dated March 18, Hardman wrote: “Good morning everybody! Lovely day! Love you all x.”
Naturally, this is an unfathomable tragedy for his loved ones. His mother, Karen Hardman, shared photos of her late son on Facebook, while friend and colleague Lloyd Wilkinson posted a brief, heartfelt tribute that read, “I can not believe I’m doing this and I’m completely devastated. Rest in peace brother bear. Love you mate. Chris Hardman Aka Lil’ Chris.”
Regardless of the circumstances of his death, 24 is way, way too young. I can’t even imagine what his loved ones, and even his fans, must be going through. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends right now.