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Former Pop Idol Contestant Darius Campbell Danesh’s Death Ruled an Accident


Darius Campbell Attends The Float Like A Butterfly Ball 2018, The Annual Black Tie Boxing Gala In Aid Of Caudwell Children, At The Grosvenor House Hotel On October 19, 2018 In London, England.

Darius Campbell attends The Float Like A Butterfly Ball 2018, the annual black tie boxing gala in assist of Caudwell Children, at The Grosvenor House Hotel on October 19, 2018 in London, England.

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Darius Campbell Danesh‘s dying has been dominated an accident.

The Scottish singer died at age 41 in his Rochester, Minnesota, condominium on Aug. 11, in accordance with a press release from his household given to Deadline.

The Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed to The Guardian that the previous Pop Idol star died from “inhalation of chloroethane.” His dying was dominated an accident.

“The results of medical examinations have confirmed that Darius’s death was an accident caused by chloroethane, which is used to treat pain and that tragically lead to respiratory arrest,” a press release from his household obtained by the outlet learn. “We would like to thank everyone for their love and kindness, and ask that the family’s privacy is maintained during this difficult time.”

Danesh’s household added that he had been affected by continual ache following a automotive accident in 2010 that left him with a damaged neck, per The Guardian.

The Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office didn’t instantly reply to PEOPLE’s request for remark.

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The Scottish singer — whose debut single “Colourblind” spent two weeks at No. 1 on the U.Ok. charts in 2002 — was discovered “unresponsive” in his U.S. condominium final month, in accordance with his household.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Darius Campbell Danesh,” the household stated within the assertion launched on the time. “Darius was found unresponsive in bed in his apartment room in Rochester, Minnesota, on August 11 and was pronounced dead in the afternoon by the local medical examiners’ office.”

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Born in Glasgow, Campbell Danesh first discovered fame in 2001 when he did a theatrical cowl of Britney Spears‘ “Baby One More Time” on the British expertise competitors present Popstars. A 12 months later, he positioned third on ITV’s Pop Idol, behind Will Young and Gareth Gates.

After the present, he turned down a report deal from Pop Idol choose Simon Cowell, selecting as an alternative to signal with producer Steve Lillywhite. Lillywhite collaborated with Campbell Danesh on his debut single “Colourblind,” which spent two weeks at No. 1 on the U.Ok. charts.

Campbell Danesh went on to have 4 extra U.Ok. high 10 singles over the subsequent three years: “Rushes,” “Incredible (What I Meant To Say),” “Kinda Love” and “Live Twice.” He additionally toured with artists comparable to Shakira and Alanis Morissette.

Starting in 2005, Campbell Danesh discovered new acclaim as a West End star, showing in musicals like Guys and Dolls, Chicago, Funny Girl, From Here to Eternity and Gone with the Wind. In 2010, he additionally gained the ITV present Popstar to Operastar, which adopted eight pop stars as they skilled to carry out well-known opera arias.

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After information of his dying, tributes from Campbell Danesh’s fellow stars poured in, together with from British TV presenter and former X-Factor contestant Rylan Clark. “Proper sad about Darius,” Clark tweeted.

The Kumars actor Sanjeev Bhaskar remembered the time Campbell Danesh visitor starred on the sequence in 2002, writing on Twitter that he “couldn’t have been a nicer, warmer guest with a great sense of self deprecation.”

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