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.


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