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Rock School Graduate Lil Chris Dead at Just 24

I did not know Lil Chris but I do feel an affinity towards him as a fellow sufferer of the scourge that is depression.  Sadly that scourge has claimed yet another talented young man. 😦

Tributes are pouring in today for Rock School graduate Lil’ Chris, who has been found dead in his hometown of Lowestoft. The singer and TV personality, who’s real name is Chris Hardman, found fame in the reality TV show Rock School, which was hosted by Kiss frontman, Gene Simmons. According to the Mail, police have said that Lil’ Chris’s death is not being treated as suspicious.

Chris Hardman found fame as Lil’ Chris in the 2006 season of Rock School, a channel 4 reality TV show that saw Gene Simmons take classically trained singers and form them into a rock band. According to the Daily Record, Lil’ Chris signed a contract with major record label RCA and his debut single “Checkin’ It Out” went to No. 3 in the UK singles chart. He was just 15-years-old at the time.

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Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

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