Lil’ Chris’ family have paid tribute to the singer after he passed away last week.
The family have issued a statement describing the singer, whose real name was Chris Hardman, as a “real people person,” revealed that he “struggled with mental health issues and depression in recent years.”
Chris passed away last Monday, aged 24.
A police spokesperson confirmed to The Sun: “Police investigating sudden death of a man in Lowestoft can confirm they are not treating it as suspicious.”
In a statement, the Hardman family said: “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.”
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.”
The family have said that Lil’ Chris’ funeral will be invitation-only, and have asked those attending to wear green, his favourite colour, in his memory.
Back in October, the singer spoke out about depression and how bieng aware of the illness can save lives, writing:
“Depression really sucks. Learning how to notice it can save lives and your own feelings at times. Take time to understand it, for everybody.
“Say things and do stuff.”
Sending our thoughts and prayers to Chris’ family at this time.
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