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    Lil' Chris killed himself aged 24 after struggling with fame

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    ( Mirror) Lil' Chris struggled with fame after Kiss frontman Gene Simmons made him the lead singer of a student band, an inquest into his death heard today.


    Lil' Chris struggled with fame after Kiss frontman Gene Simmons made him the lead singer of a student band, an inquest into his death heard today.

    The Rock School star, who was found hanged on March 23 last year, was later offered a solo deal and went on to have a top five hit with Checkin' It Out in 2006.

    At the inquest, his mother recalled the moment he was selected for the TV series, saying he was hugely excited.

    Mrs Hardman added: "He had never mentioned wanting to be a singer, he just said he wanted to be famous.

    "When he passed the auditions, it was clear he really wanted to do it."

    But she said he broke up with his girlfriend and started experiencing difficulties soon after the release of his first single.

    The inquest heard that Mr Hardman, 24, had spent the night before his death "chilling" with friends at his flat in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

    The following day he attempted to contact his GP and mental health workers about concerns with his medication but there was no indication he posed an immediate risk to himself.

    At 11.48am his flatmate AJ Sutton returned to find him hanging. He raised the alarm and tried to resuscitate his friend but nothing could be done.

    Mr Sutton said in a statement that Mr Hardman was admitted to the Priory Hospital in November 2014 after an incident in London.

    The pair had been friends since 2009 and Mr Hardman had regularly spoken of relaunching his musical career.

    Lil Chris' sister speaks out about the singer's depression

    In 2012 he had starred in the West End production Loserville: The Musical.

    "For the first six months, he had a great time but then he started experiencing difficulties again and returned to Lowestoft," he added.

    Mental health worker Simon Millard said: "He shared with me some quite personal experiences about the difficulties that came with fame.

    "He was an extremely likable young man and seemed determined to make a success of himself despite his problems."

    Mr Dean recorded a conclusion that Mr Hardman took his own life after the inquest held in Bury St Edmunds.

    Speaking soon after his death, Mr Hardman's family said he was "a huge personality who will be missed by everyone who knew him".

    In a statement, they added: "Chris had struggled with mental health issues and depression in recent years.

    "He was committed to helping others find better ways of overcoming this illness and publicly said he wished to find a cure.

    "Despite this, his concern was always his family and his friends, whose happiness was his priority."


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    So he struggled to gain fame, but in the end it was his mental health issues that killed him.

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