Former pop idol contestant and theater star Darius Campbell Danesh has been found dead at his US home at the age of 41, his family have announced.
he singer and actor was found in Rochester, Minnesota on August 11 – although the cause of death is unknown.
A statement said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Darius Campbell Danesh. Darius was found unresponsive in bed at his Rochester, Minnesota apartment on August 11 and was pronounced dead by the local coroner’s office that afternoon.
“The local police department has confirmed that there was no evidence of intent or suspicious circumstances. The cause of his sudden death is unknown at this time while medical investigations continue.
“We ask that you respect our wishes for privacy at this time as we come to terms with the tragic loss of our son and brother.”
The Scottish singer-songwriter and actor – who was known as Darius Danesh when he first tried for fame on an ITV show pop stars in 2001 – also appeared on the first pop idolwhich was won by Will Young.
He forged a successful stage career and performed in Chicago as Billy Flynn in two runs of the production, as well boys and dolls, Blown by the wind and more in the West End.
Living in the United States, he fell in love with Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge, whose films include sci-fi hits species.
The couple married at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California in 2011 but divorced a few years later.
In 2010 he spoke with Hi! magazine about a car accident that broke his neck. The singer had been a passenger in a Porsche when it crashed into a wall at 110km/h after slipping on oil during a sun break in Spain.
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After third place pop idol In 2010 he won the first series of ITVs Pop star to opera star competition, defeating Bernie Nolan of the Nolan Sisters in a narrow final.
A few months after winning the ITV show, which judged by Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins and Mexican-born tenor Rolando Villazon, he landed his first major operatic role when he was cast in a new production of carmen at London’s O2 Arena.
He took on the lead role of torero Escamillo in the production for a one-off performance, which was the first opera ever staged at the venue.
In 2011, talked about reprising the role of Chicago’s The scheming attorney Flynn said he based his portrayal of the character on his old mentor and pop idol Richter, Simon Cowell.
Campbell played opposite Ugly Betty Star America Ferrera on the musical set in Prohibition-era Chicago, saying, “He’s the consummate businessman and a wonderful guy, and there’s a lot of Simon Cowell in Billy Flynn in terms of the way he does things and I recognize that in terms of the character.”
He credited Cowell with convincing him to take the role in Chicago first of all.
He said: “I’m incredibly grateful for the experience I’ve had and all the opportunities that have come out of it, and to be able to call Simon Cowell a friend and have dinner with him.”
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