A private funeral service was held in Gorleston, Norfolk, on April 8 for singer Lil’ Chris, who died last month.
The life of Lil’ Chris, real name was Chris Hardman, has been celebrated at his hometown of Lowestoft.
After the funeral service, friends and family gathered at Claremont Pier to release green balloons – chosen to match the 24-year-old’s favorite color.
Lil’s Chris’ friend George Goddard, 23, said it was “what Chris would have wanted”.
Chris Hardman, who rose to fame in Channel 4’s Rock School, was found dead last month at a house in Lowestoft.
After the funeral, a larger group gathered at Lowestoft’s Zoo bar to toast Chris Hardman with a round of his favorite drink, whisky and Coke.
Rock School star Lil’ Chris has died at the age of 24.
Lil’ Chris, whose real name was Chris Hardman, launched his singing career after he found fame on reality show Rock School.
He starred in the Channel 4 program set at Kirkley High School in Lowestoft, Suffolk, the UK.
Lil’ Chris had his first hit single, Checkin’ It Out, after he appeared on Rock School in 2006.
Suffolk Police said it was not treating the death, reported on March 23, as suspicious.
The force was called to an address in Union Road, Lowestoft, at around 11:45 local time to reports a man had died suddenly, a spokeswoman said.
A post-mortem examination to establish the cause of death is due to take place, and a file will be passed to the coroner, she added.
Kiss frontman Gene Simmons, who appeared on Rock School as Lil’ Chris’s music teacher tweeted: “He was loved.”
Chris Hardman’s last single, called Christmas Number One, was released in December 2013.
Lil’ Chris had recently performed in the stage musical Loserville.
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