8 February, 2016 - NME.com
An inquest has heard that Chris Hardman, aka Lil' Chris, took his own life after struggling with the difficulties and problems caused by fame.
Hardman passed away in March 2015, aged 24. The singer was known for starring in Channel 4's Rock School in 2006, a show that saw Gene Simmons of Kiss take over a school in east Anglia and teach the students music. He was found dead at his home in Lowestoft on March 23.
Following Rock School, Hardman went on to sign to RCA Records and released debut single 'Checkin' It Out' in September 2006, which went straight into the UK Top Five. A debut album followed later that year. He also starred in the West End musical Loserville in 2012.
However, a hearing in Bury St Edmunds heard today (February 8) that Hardman struggled to adapt to life when his fame waned and that the pressure brought on by his success had exacerbated his feelings of paranoia and anxiety.
BBC News reports Suffolk coroner Dr Peter Dean said Hardman's death was "an intentional act" and "that fame also brought with it difficulties and problems but he had shown a desire to relaunch that career once more."
Speaking after the inquest, Mr Hardman's sister Hannah said the family wanted a "full and open debate about mental health".
"it was very difficult for him and he spoke very openly about his depression," she said of her "lovely joker" brother. "The one thing we would like to take away from this tragedy is to get people speaking more openly about mental illness. I know that is what he wanted."
The cause of Hardman's death was cited as hanging at a hearing in 2015.