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24/03/2015 09:55 GMT | Updated 24/03/2015 13:59 GMT

Lil Chris Dead: 'Checkin' It Out' Singer Dies Aged 24

Pop singer Lil’ Chris has died at the age of 24, according to reports.

Chris - real name Christopher Hardman - first rose to prominence when he was featured in the second series of the Channel 4 documentary, ‘Rock School’, which saw Gene Simmons trying to create a rock band from a group of high school students.

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Chris in 2009

Following that, he had several singles chart in the UK top 20 as a solo artist, most notably ‘Checkin’ It Out’, which reached the number three spot when it was released back in 2006.

A statement from Suffolk Police reads: "Police investigating the sudden death of a man in Lowestoft can confirm they are not treating it as suspicious.

“Officers received a call from the ambulance service on Monday 23 March at around 11:45am and attended an address in Union Road following a sudden death of a 24-year-old man.

“A post mortem examination is due to take place to establish the cause of death and a file will be passed to the coroner in due course and an inquest opened.”

In addition to his music career, Chris also found success as a TV personality, fronting his own show ‘Everybody Loves Lil Chris’ for T4 back in 2008.

His fans and former collaborators have been paying tribute on Twitter.

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Chris at the press launch of 'Loserville'

Tom Mann of ‘X Factor’ boyband Stereo Kicks, who accompanied him on his ‘Lil Chris-tmas Tour’, has paid his respects, describing him as a “class act”, and adding: “Hope you can find happiness.”

Elliot Davis, who was involved in the musical ‘Loserville’, which Chris starred in, has told What’s On Stage: “He was a super talented guy, so naturally gifted. He just had something that the nation saw and it catapulted him to early fame, which perhaps caused problems.”

Gonna miss this guy a lot .

A photo posted by @jamesfutureboybourne on

McBusted guitarist James Bourne, the musical's co-creator and a friend of Chris's has also paid his respects, tweeting: "I will miss you. Your friendship and your talent! Rest in peace."

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