Entertainment: Pop Idol star Darius Campbell Danesh dies aged 41

Darius Campbell Danesh was 'really excited about Pop Idol comeback' weeks before death

  Darius Campbell Danesh was 'really excited about Pop Idol comeback' weeks before death Pop Idol favourite Darius Danesh was reportedly 'really excited' about joining his former co-stars in a Pop Idol reunion show which is due to take place this month The 41 year old star, who first shot to fame on Pop Stars back in 2001 before winning the nation’s hearts with his appearance on Pop Idol, was rumoured to be appearing on a reunion special alongside fellow alumni Will Young and Gareth Gates.

Singer and actor Darius Danesh, who rose to fame on ITV talent show Pop Idol, has sadly died at the age of 41.

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His family confirmed the news with a statement that reads: 'It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Darius Campbell Danesh.

"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 examiner's office.

It added that the local police department have confirmed that there were no signs of intent or suspicious circumstances and the cause of his sudden death is unknown at this stage.

Heartbreaking call reveals moment Darius Campbell Danesh was found unresponsive in bed

  Heartbreaking call reveals moment Darius Campbell Danesh was found unresponsive in bed Helen Skelton started her TV career in children’s television, presenting Newsround and Blue Peter on the BBC. Whilst presenting on Blue Peter for 5 years she took on some incredible challenges, including completing the Namibia Ultra Marathon, cycling to the South Pole and kayaking over 2018 miles down the Amazon River. Since then, she has presented shows across various channels, including Countryfile, several major sporting events for BBC Sport, ITV’s Lorraine, BT Sport’s FA Women’s Super League football matches, and more.


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"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," it concluded.

The Scottish-born singer became a household name in the early noughties after appearing on the British talent competition Popstars before making it all the way to the final of Pop Idol.

While he finished behind Will Young and Gareth Gates, he blew viewers away with his voice and went on to sign a record deal with producer Steve Lillywhite. His debut single, Colourblind, was released in 2002 and shot straight to number one in the UK.

He later became a West End star, appearing in musicals such as Chicago and Guys and Doll before moving to the US with his wife Natasha Henstridge in 2011.

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Darius Danesh 'visited by pal Gerard Butler' days before shock death aged 41 .
Pop Idol star Darius Danesh Campbell was reportedly visited by his friend, 300 and Olympus Has Fallen actor Gerard Butler, at his US apartment days before he was found dead thereThe 41 year old was found dead on 11 August at his residence, in Rochester, Minnesota, which sits opposite a private clinic, his family confirmed in a statement this week.

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