Simon Cowell has paid tribute to the deceased pop idol Contestant and actor Darius Danesh following the star’s death aged 41.
Danesh was found dead at his home in Rochester, Minnesota on August 11, his family said.
The cause of death is currently unknown, but the local police authority confirmed that there was no suspicion of third-party negligence.
In a statement to the PA news agency, former pop idol Judge Cowell, 62, said: “I first saw Darius on TV over 20 years ago and got to know him really well.
“He was charismatic, funny and just a great person to be with.
“His death is an absolute tragedy for someone so young and my heart goes out to his family and friends.”
In 2002 Danesh was third pop idol behind Will Young and Gareth Gates. His memorable moments on the show include his renditions of Tom Jones’ hit “It’s Not Unusual” and Atomic Kitten’s “Whole Again.” The final was watched by more than 13 million viewers.
After turning down a recording deal from Cowell, Danesh nevertheless reached number one in the UK later that year with his track ‘Colourblind’. his album immersion reached the top 10.
Danesh later became a West End star, appearing in musicals such as Chicago and the Oliver Award-winning boys and dolls.
Danesh said he bases his account on it Chicago‘s scheming lawyer Billy Flynn on his old mentor and pop idol Richter, Cowell.
Danesh 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.”
Read tributes to Danesh from his ex-wife Natasha Henstridge, his former pop idol co-star Gates and other celebrities here.
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