UK pop idol, Darius Campbell Danesh, dies aged 41

UK pop idol, Darius Campbell Danesh, dies aged 41

The “Pop Idol” runner-up and West End star Darius Campbell Danesh passed away, according to the police. He was 41. He transitioned from a British reality television show to a career in theater and music.

On Thursday, August 11, the Scottish singer’s body was discovered at an apartment in Rochester, Minnesota.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Darius Campbell Danesh,” the family said.

“Darius was found unresponsive in bed in his apartment room in Rochester, Minnesota, on August 11, and was pronounced dead in the afternoon by the local medical examiners’ office.

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“The local police department have confirmed that there were no signs of intent or suspicious circumstances.

“The cause of his sudden death is unknown at this stage while medical examinations continue.”

“We ask that you kindly respect our wishes for privacy at this time whilst we come to terms with the tragic loss of our son and brother.”

According to a Rochester Police Department official, “an open investigation” is still ongoing into his death. Regarding if there were any suspicious circumstances, the representative declined to comment.

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Danesh was born in Glasgow to an Iranian father and a Scottish mother. Danesh’s performance of the hit song “Hit Me Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears on one of the UK’s singing competition programs, “Pop Stars,” propelled him into the public eye in 2001. The following year, he also appeared on the first season of British “American Idol” prototype “Pop Idol,” finishing third behind Will Young and Gareth Gates.

Danesh later released the single “Colourblind,” which peaked at number one on the U.K. charts. His subsequent album, “Dive In,” also achieved Top 10 success.

He won “Popstar to Operastar,” a reality show, in 2010, and went on to perform in “Carmen” at London’s O2 Arena.

Campbell Danesh married actress Natasha Henstridge in California in 2011; they divorced a few years later.

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