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31/03/2015 07:46 BST | Updated 31/03/2015 07:59 BST

Lil' Chris's Family Pay Tribute To Singer And Discuss His Commitment To ‘Helping Others Overcome Depression'

The family of the late singer Lil’ Chris, real name Christopher Hardman, have paid tribute to the youngster, praising his commitment to helping others overcome their mental health issues.

In a new statement following his death, Chris’s family discuss his depression and mental health issues, describing him as “the sunshine on a rainy day”.

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Lil' Chris

His family’s statement reads: “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."

ITV reports that they go on to describe him as "a huge personality who will be missed by everyone who knew him".

"If he wasn't bringing joy through music he was telling jokes or pulling pranks,” they state. "He was the sunshine on a rainy day, and could make friends the minute he walked into a room, making everyone smile with his gorgeous, cheeky face.

"A real people person, he would always take the time to stop and talk, no matter who or when, and we are proud that he was so well thought of by all who knew him."

Thousands of fans took to Twitter to share their condolences when Chris’s death was reported on 24 March.

Chris first found fame when he featured on the Channel 4 series ‘Rock School’ in 2006.

He later released the single ‘Checkin’ It Out’, which reached number three in the UK singles chart.

If you've been affected by the issues in this article, please call the Mind helpline, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393.

Young Minds also offer information to young people about mental health and emotional wellbeing.

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