Now, Miss Clarke will pay tribute to her cousin when she jumps out of a plane on September 3 at Ellough Airfield, conquering her fear of heights along the way.“I’m terrified! I hate flying and heights so it’s a big step,” added Miss Clarke.“When I recently went to a theme park, my brother helped me calculate which rollercoaster would be most accurate to my speed and acceleration when I jump - I really wish he’d kept it to himself because it was fast and extremely scary! Lil’ Chris went on to release two albums and even hosted his own TV show.However, like many young musicians, he struggled with the pressures of fame and suffered from depression as his career stalled.
The 24 year old pop star, real name Chris Hardman, died on the March 23, 2015, after battling with depression. At an earlier hearing, Suffolk coroner Peter Dean said paramedics and police were called to Chris’ home in Lowestoft and his death was confirmed at 11.48am.She said: “I’ve decided to raise money for Mind UK as they do a lot of work with young people as well as those suffering with mental health issues.“People are more open about mental health nowadays, but there’s still a bit of a stigma.“I suffer with depression myself and it’s been a big deal to speak about it when it shouldn’t have been.”Lowestoft-born Mr Hardman gained recognition as a singer-songwriter in 2006 after appearing on Channel 4 series Rock School, which saw Kiss bassist Gene Simmons create a rock band at the former Kirkley Community High (East Point Academy).After starring as the frontman, Mr Hardman signed a record deal and, in September 2006, he released his debut single “Checkin’ It Out”, which reached No 3 in the UK chart.“I was wrong and in the spur of the moment made remarks that in hindsight were made without regard to those who truly suffer the struggles of depression,” he wrote.“I sincerely apologise to those who were offended by my comments.I recognise that depression is very serious and sad when it happens to anyone, especially loved ones.“I deeply support and am empathetic to anyone suffering from any disease, especially depression.” Allan Dodgeon director of Lil' Chris' former record label, AD Records, told: “He was a talented young artist who we had the pleasure to live and work with for over a year.