Darius Campbell Danesh found dead in US apartment
Former Pop Idol contestant and stage star Darius Campbell Danesh has been found dead in his US apartment at the age of 41, his family has announced.
The singer and actor, from Bearsden, was found in Rochester, Minnesota on August 11 – although the cause of death remains unknown.
A statement said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Darius Campbell Danesh. Darius was found unconscious in bed at his apartment in Rochester, Minnesota on August 11 and was pronounced dead in the aftermath. noon by the local medical examiners office.
“The local police department confirmed that there were no signs of suspicious intent or circumstances. The cause of his sudden death is unknown at this stage while medical examinations continue.
“We ask that you please respect our wishes for privacy at this time as we come to terms with the tragic loss of our son and brother.”
The singer-songwriter and actor – who was known as Darius Danesh when he made his first bid for fame on the ITV Popstars show in 2001 – also appeared on the first Pop Idol, which was was won by Will Young.
He went on to build a successful stage career, appearing in Chicago as Billy Flynn in two series of the production, as well as Guys And Dolls, Gone with the Wind and more in the West End.
He lived in the United States and found love with Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge.
The couple married in 2011 at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California, but divorced a few years later.
In 2010, he spoke to Hello! magazine about a car accident in which he broke his neck.
The singer had been a passenger in a Porsche when it hit a wall at 70mph after skidding on oil during a sunny break in Spain.
After finishing third on Pop Idol in 2010, he won the first round of ITV’s Popstar To Operastar competition, beating Bernie Nolan of the Nolan Sisters in a close final.
A few months after winning the ITV show, which featured Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins and Mexican-born tenor Rolando Villazon as judges, he landed his first big opera role when he was cast in a new production of Carmen at the O2 Arena in London.
He took on the lead role of bullfighter Escamillo in the production, for a one-off performance that marked the hall’s first ever opera at the time.