Darius Campbell Danesh, a former Pop Idol finalist and theatre performer, passed away at the age of 41, according to his family.
How Did Former Pop Idol star Darius Campbell Danesh Die?
On August 11, the singer was discovered dead in his Minnesota apartment. His cause of death has not yet been determined.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Darius Campbell Daneshhis family
In 2002, the Scot finished third on Pop Idol behind Gareth Gates and Will Young.
Later that year, he debuted at number one in the UK with Colorblind, while his album Dive In peaked at number ten.
Darius Campbell Danesh cause of death
His cause of death is still unknown, according to his family, although he was discovered dead in his Rochester, Minnesota, residence.
It has been established by the local police department that there were no indications of malice or unusual circumstances. His unexpected death’s cause is currently unknown as investigations into his health are ongoing.
“Please accept our need for privacy while we process the tragic death of our son and brother at this time.
Who was Darius Campbell Danesh?
In 2001, Mr. Campbell Danesh made his first attempt to get notoriety on the ITV programme Popstars. He then participated in the inaugural Will Young-winning Pop Idol competition.
The Scottish singer-songwriter went on to have a great career, performing in West End productions of Gone With The Wind, Guys and Dolls, and Chicago, in which he played Billy Flynn.
The actor recently revealed that he modelled his portrayal of Flynn after his former mentor and Pop Idol judge, Simon Cowell.
In the musical set in Chicago during the Prohibition, Mr. Campbell Danesh played Billy Flynn opposite America Ferrera from Ugly Betty. He said of the character: “He’s the consummate businessman and a wonderful guy. There’s a lot of Simon Cowell in Billy Flynn in terms of the way he approaches things and I recognise that in terms of the character.”
He said he was “extremely grateful” for the opportunity he had been given and “glad to be able to call Simon Cowell a friend,” attributing his decision to accept the position to Mr. Cowell.
Former Pop Idol contestant Darius Campbell Danesh
He won the first series of ITV’s Popstar To Operastar competition in 2010, defeating Bernie Nolan of the Nolan Sisters in a close final after placing third in Pop Idol.
A few months after winning the competition, which was judged by Mexican-born tenor Rolando Villazon and Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins, he was cast in his first major opera role as toreador Escamillo in the production of Carmen at London’s O2 Arena.
The same year, Mr. Campbell Danesh discussed an automobile accident in which he shattered his neck in an interview with Hello! magazine.
Darius Campbell Danesh pop career
The Glasgow-born Scottish singer-songwriter and actor first gained notoriety when he made an appearance on Popstars in 2001 as Darius Danesh and gave an iconic performance of Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time.
Then, in 2002, Campbell Danesh participated in the inaugural season of Pop Idol, which was won by Will Young, and sang songs like Atomic Kitten’s Whole Again.
After making it to the competition’s finals, he rejected an offer from Simon Cowell and agreed to work with producer Steve Lillywhite instead.
Colorblind, Campbell Danesh’s debut single, was released in 2002 and immediately reached number one in the UK while also earning a silver certification. In 2004, he went on to release his self-titled album.
He managed to land five singles in the UK chart’s top 10 overall.
Campbell Danesh as accomplished theatre actor
Campbell Danesh was a successful stage actor in addition to his pop career, playing roles such as Billy Flynn in Chicago, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind, and Nick Arnstein in Funny Girl.
A book named Sink Or Swim about Campbell Danesh’s stint in the music business is also available. It became a Sunday Times bestseller after its 2003 publication.
He won the Popstar to Operastar ITV competition in 2010, where he trained with other musicians like Vanessa White and Danny Jones to sing opera.
Campbell Danesh also took on acting jobs on television, appearing as himself in a Hollyoaks episode and as a guest actor on the BBC programme Hotel Babylon.
At the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California, Campbell Danesh wed Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge in 2011. She has roles in movies like Species, Maximum Risk, and The Whole Nine Years.
Their divorce was finalised in 2018 after they announced their separation two years after being married.
Darius Campbell Danesh marriage life
He was a passenger in a Porsche when it slid on oil and hit a wall at 70 mph in Spain.
He wed Natasha Henstridge, a Canadian actress best recognised for her work in the science fiction film Species, in Santa Barbara, California, in 2011.
A few years later, the couple did get divorced.
Tribute to Darius Campbell Danesh death
Many people have paid tribute to the deceased celebrity, including actor Sanjeev Bhaskar, who recalled the actor’s debut on his programme The Kumars at No. 42.
‘Sad to report the very sudden passing of Darius. He appeared on The Kumars as a guest, and he couldn’t have been a sweeter, friendlier, or more self-deprecating guest,’ he wrote.
Sad news of Darius’ shockingly untimely passing. He was a guest on The Kumars and couldn’t have been a nicer, warmer guest with a great sense of self deprecation. https://t.co/pkFzFbxSSM— Sanjeev Bhaskar💙 (@TVSanjeev) August 16, 2022
“Really heartbroken about Darius,” Rylan Clark-Neal continued.
This is really sad. Thoughts with his family and friends and everyone who loved him. A really good bloke – funny and kind and very talented https://t.co/Opo5y47ibv— Lorraine (@reallorraine) August 16, 2022
This is terribly unfortunate, remarked Lorraine Kelly. thoughts with his loved ones, including his family and friends. A genuinely kind guy who is witty, kind, and gifted.
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This is so sad. Thinking of Darius’ family and friends. https://t.co/X1kxzXcmOe— Adele Roberts (@AdeleRoberts) August 16, 2022
Adele Roberts, a DJ, continued, “This is very awful. Considering Darius’ friends and family.
Literally just seen the news about #Darius .. totally floored by this I’ll be honest. 41. Bloody 41. Met him a few times back in the day and he was the nicest man. Tragic. Too young.— ED JAMES he/him (@edjames_) August 16, 2022
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