Lil Chris Dies; British Pop Star Was 24

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Lil Chris, a British pop singer who rose to fame due to his appearance on the UK reality series Rock School, died today at a home in the town in Lowestoft.

He was 24 years old.

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Few details are available at this time, though we can confirm that Suffolk Police were called to an address on Union Road around 11:45 a.m. local time.

Authorities do not suspect foul play was involved.

Rock School star Gene Simmons confirmed the death on Twitter on Tuesday, writing of Chris, whose real name was Chris Hardman:

Sad to report Lil Chris from the Gene Simmons Rock School TV show, has passed on. He was loved. RIP, Lil Chris.

On the reality show, Simmons worked with a cadre of teenagers from a UK high school to transform them into a rock band.

Lil Chris ended up as the breakout star of the program; he released the single “Checkin’ It Out” shortly after it aired in 2006.

The single went on to hit number-three on the British charts.

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