An inquest into the death of singer and ‘Rock School’ star Lil’ Chris has heard that he died by hanging.
A full inquest was opened and adjourned in his home town of Lowestoft today (Wednesday), and heard that a friend found him hanged at his home on March 23.
Suffolk coroner Peter Dean said paramedics and police were called to the 24-year-old’s home that morning and death was confirmed at 11.48am.
He said: “He had been found hanging at his home by a friend. Emergency services were called, but attempts at resuscitation failed.
“I would like to offer my thoughts and condolences to the family, friends and all those close to him for their loss.”
AJ Sutton, a friend of Lil’ Chris (real name Chris Hardman), identified the body, the inquest heard.
The inquest, which was held at St Margaret’s House in Lowestoft, has been adjourned until a later date.
The singer’s family revealed that he had “struggled with mental health issues and depression in recent years,” but that he was a “real people person.”
In a statement, they added: “He was committed to helping others find better ways of overcoming this illness and publicly said he wished to find a cure.”
They added that he was a “hugely creative person” to used that side of personality “to make others smile, to cheer people up and to make others feel better.”
They continued: “If he wasn’t bringing joy through music he was telling jokes or pulling pranks. 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.
“So many commented on what a lovely, well brought up person he was, so polite and kind and a pleasure to know.”
His friends and family attended his funeral in Norfolk on April 8th, later releasing green balloons (green was his favourite colour) on Claremont Pier in Lowestoft.
Samaritans’ deputy chief executive Fiona Malcolm said: “If anyone has been affected by this news, or is struggling to cope, we would like to let people know that Samaritans is here for them if they need to talk.”
Sending our thoughts and prayers to Chris’ family at this time.
If you have been affected by this article please call Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 (UK) 1850 60 90 90 (ROI) or visit www.samaritans.org to find details of the nearest branch. Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year, for anyone who is struggling to cope.
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