Simon Cowell remembered former Pop Idol contestant and stage star Darius Campbell Danesh as “charming, funny and a great person to be with” following the singer’s death at the age of 41.
Ampbell Danesh was found dead in his apartment in Rochester, Minnesota, on August 11, his family announced.
In a statement sent to PA news agency, former Pop Idol judge Cowell, 62, said: “I first saw Darius on television more than 20 years ago and I got to know him very well. that.
“He was charismatic, funny, and a great person to be with.
“His passing, for someone so young, is an absolute tragedy and my heart goes out to his family and friends.”
Following his death, Campbell Danesh’s family released a statement, which read: “We are deeply saddened to 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 by the local medical examiner’s office that afternoon.
“The local police department has confirmed that there are no signs of suspicious intent or circumstances. The cause of his sudden death remains unknown at this stage while medical examinations continue.
“We ask that you please respect our wishes for privacy at this time while we accept the tragic loss of our son and brother.”
The cause of death is still unknown.
The Scottish singer-songwriter and actor – who was known as Darius Danesh when he first rose to fame on ITV’s Popstars in 2001 – also appeared in the first Pop Idol, Will’s triumph. Young.
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After Pop Idol, Campbell Danesh turned down Cowell’s record deal and signed with producer Steve Lillywhite, whose credits include U2 and the Rolling Stones.
His debut single, Colourblind, was released in July 2002 and went straight to number one, marking the beginning of a series of top releases.
He went on to forge a successful theatrical career, appearing in Chicago as Billy Flynn in two productions, as well as Guys And Dolls, Gone With The Wind and many others in the West End.
He lives in America and found love with Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge, whose filmography includes science fiction Species.
The couple married in 2011 at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California, but divorced a few years later.
After finishing third in Pop Idol in 2010, he went on to win the first series of ITV’s Popstar To Operastar competition, defeating Bernie Nolan of the Nolan Sisters in the close final.
A few months after his win on the ITV show, which featured Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins and Mexican-born tenor Rolando Villazon as judges, he landed his first major opera role starring in Carmen’s new play. at the O2 Arena in London.
He took over the lead role of Escamillo editor during the production, for a one-off performance that marked the first opera at the venue at the time.
In 2011, talking about taking on the role of Chicago Flynn’s scheming lawyer, he said that he based his character’s portrayal on his former mentor and Pop Idol judge, Cowell.
Campbell starred opposite Ugly Betty’s America Ferrera star in the musical set in Prohibition-era Chicago, and said: “He’s a good businessman and a great guy and there’s a lot of Simon Cowell at Billy Flynn about how he approached things and me. recognize it in terms of character. “
He credits Cowell for convincing him to take the role in Chicago in the first place.
He said: “I’m incredibly grateful for the experience I’ve had and all the opportunities it has opened up and being able to call Simon Cowell a friend and be able to have dinner with him.”
Campbell Danesh was born in Glasgow to a Scottish mother and Iranian father.
News of his death prompted tributes from the worlds of music, film and television.
Presenter and former member of the pop group Hear’Say, founded on Popstars, Myleene Klass tweeted: “Everybody should see this show. Darius, you are so talented, so kind. A true family man. My thoughts now are with them.x” along with a link to a video of Campbell Danesh performing.
Liberty X member Michelle Heaton, who also competed on Popstars, recalls Campbell Danesh’s Popstars audition in which he sang a rendition of… Baby One More Time by Britney Spears. She tweeted: “So sad… thoughts with the Darius family right now x always our Britney.”
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