Tributes are pouring in across social network sites for reality TV star and singer Lil’ Chris who died on Monday.
The 24-year-old pop star – real name Chris Hardman – shot to fame in Channel 4’s Rock School after Kiss frontman Gene Simmons made him the lead singer of a student band.
Once the cameras had gone, he was offered a solo deal and went on to have a top five hit with Checkin’ It Out in 2006.
Allan Dodgeon, who managed Chris for a year from 2013, said he was in “complete shock”.
He said: “He was an outstanding talent and it was a pleasure to work with him. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.”
A Suffolk Police spokeswoman said they were investigating the sudden death of a man in Lowestoft but were not treating it as suspicious. She also confirmed that a a post mortem examination is due to take place to establish the cause of death.
Initial reports have indicated that Chris may have taken his own life.
Can't believe the sad news about lil Chris. We worked with him a few years ago and he was a lovely young lad..taken too soon. Mark #ripchris
— Sam & Mark (@samandmarktv) March 24, 2015
Can't tell you how absolutely tragic it is to hear about Chris. Such a sweet, lovely dude. So shocked and sad. #RIPCJHardman
— Tom Fletcher (@tommcfly) March 24, 2015