A Scottish vocal sensation who wowed viewers and judges alike on British talent show Pop Idol has died aged 41, Variety reported.
Darius Campbell Danesh was fondly remembered by none other than Simon Cowell, who recalled first becoming friends with the young talent.
“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,” Cowell told the Post. “His death is an absolute tragedy for someone so young and my heart goes out to his family and friends.”
Danesh, who performed songs like Brittany Spears’ “…Baby One More Time” and Tom Jones’s “It’s Not Unusual” on his way to becoming an international sensation in the early 2000s, was last found dead at his home in Rochester, Minnesota Thursday, according to a statement from his family to the BBC.
Her announcement provided details of Danesh’s “sudden” death.
“Darius was found unresponsive in bed at his home in Rochester, Minnesota, on August 11 and was pronounced dead by the local coroner that afternoon,” the statement said.
“The local police department has confirmed that there was no evidence of intent or suspicious circumstances,” it said. “The cause of his sudden death is unknown at this time while medical investigations continue… We ask that you respect our desire for privacy at this time as we come to terms with the tragic loss of our son and brother.”
Danesh first rose to fame thanks to his interpretation of the Spears hit in 2001 as a cast member on the reality show Popstars. Shortly thereafter, he auditioned for “Pop Idol” – the precursor to “American Idol” – and became one of the final three contestants.
The following year he signed a deal with Mercury Records and released two solo albums – “Dive In” and “Live Twice” – in 2002-2004. Danesh’s debut single “Colourblind” topped the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in July 2002.
He later acted in many British Broadway West End productions, including Billy Flynn in Chicago, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls and Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind.
https://nypost.com/2022/08/16/pop-idol-favorite-darius-campbell-danesh-dead-at-41/ “Pop Idol” favorite Darius Campbell Danesh has died at the age of 41