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Obituary: Chris Hardman

Chris Hardman, centre, with Loserville director Steven Dexter and cast member Lauren Hall. Chris Hardman, centre, with Loserville director Steven Dexter and cast member Lauren Hall

As a prodigiously self- confident 15-year-old drummer, guitarist and singer in Channel 4’s Rock School, Chris Hardman already had sufficient charisma to outshine the 2006 reality series’ host- cum-mentor, ex-Kiss frontman Gene Simmons.

It was Simmons who gave his diminutive 4ft 11in student the nickname of Lil’ Chris and encouraged him towards a career in music. A record deal duly followed, producing two albums and a No 3 single, Checkin’ It Out, in 2006. A fledgling television career (during which he appeared on CBBC drama serial Dani’s House) peaked with his own celebrity chat show, Everybody Loves Lil’ Chris, in 2008.

In 2012, he appeared in Elliot Davis and James Bourne’s Loserville: The Musical at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, transferring with it to the Garrick Theatre for a three-month run, although his appearances in the show proved to be few and far between.

An attempt to break back into the charts in late 2013 proved short-lived and unsuccessful.

Christopher James Hardman was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk on August 26, 1990, and died on March 23, aged 24.

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