Former Pop Idol judge Pete Waterman joined other music industry figures in paying tribute to Darius Campbell Danesh, saying the singer “could be bigger than Michael Buble”.
The family of Scottish stage star and singer Campbell Danesh announced his death at the age of 41 on Tuesday, saying in a statement that he was “found unresponsive on his bed in his apartment room.” in Rochester, Minnesota, on August 11, and was pronounced dead that afternoon by the local medical examiner’s office”.
Local police confirmed there was “no sign of suspicious intentions or circumstances”, with the cause of his sudden death at this stage unknown, the family added.
Waterman, a friend of the Glasgow-born star, who lives in the US and who will turn 42 on August 19, told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “I met him a week before the lockdown and We talked about how I would work with him in the United States to mentor him because he wanted to get back into music.
“Darius can become greater than Michael Buble because he has that talent.”
Talking about their friendship, hit record producer Waterman said: “We became great friends because I used to be a champion with him.
“He is the cutest person. He never called me Pete. He always calls me Peter.
“At the age of 41, my heart can’t help but grieve for his family because it is so terrible to lose a brother or sister. He was excellent.
“The word gentleman is used too much but not in the case of Darius. Quiet, polite, gentle, I guess he is the perfect man. Very polite. No cross words. He wasn’t angry at all.”
The singer-songwriter and actor – who was known as Darius Danesh when he first rose to fame on ITV’s Popstars in 2001 – also appeared on First Pop Idol, won by Will Young. win.
After Pop Idol, Campbell Danesh turned down Simon Cowell’s offer to sign a record contract and signed with producer Steve Lillywhite, whose credits include U2 and the Rolling Stones.
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His debut single, Colourblind, was released in July 2002 and went straight to number one, marking the beginning of a series of top releases.
Following his death, the song returned to the music charts and on Wednesday morning was listed at first place on the iTunes download chart.
He also had a successful stage career, appearing in Chicago as Billy Flynn in two productions, as well as Guys And Dolls, Gone With The Wind and many more in the West End.
Waterman also spoke to BBC Breakfast to pay tribute to Campbell Danesh: “He’s really what you see on television, he’s so talented, but so polite…”.
Other Pop Idol alumni remembering second-ranked star Gareth Gates said he was “deeply heartbroken” by the news, adding: “Darius guided me through the whole time we were involved. Family Pop Idol, like a big brother; always care about me and for that i thank my friend. “
Music mogul Cowell called the singer’s death a “tragedy”, saying: “He was charismatic, funny and a great person to be with.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/pete-waterman-darius-could-have-gone-on-to-be-bigger-than-michael-buble-41917685.html Pete Waterman: ‘Darius Might Be Bigger Than Michael Buble’