‘Pop Idol’ and stage star Darius Campbell Danesh dies at 41


LONDON — Performer Darius Campbell Danesh, who went from a British actuality tv present to a stage and music profession, has died on the age of 41.

The singer’s household stated Tuesday that he was discovered unresponsive in his condominium in Rochester, Minnesota on Aug. 11 and pronounced useless by the native medical experts’ workplace.

“The local police department have confirmed that there were no signs of intent or suspicious circumstances,” the household stated. “The cause of his sudden death is unknown at this stage while medical examinations continue.”

Born in Glasgow to a Scottish mom and Iranian father, Campbell Danesh appeared on actuality present “Popstars” in 2001, making a splash together with his intense interpretation of Britney Spears’ “…Baby One More Time.”

He had extra success later the identical 12 months on “Pop Idol,” an early Simon Cowell reality-talent present hybrid that aimed to discover a new singing star. He got here third behind Gareth Gates and Will Younger however topped U.Ok. charts in 2002 with the one “Colourblind,” from his debut album “Dive In.”

Campbell Danesh went on to main roles in musicals, together with West Finish productions of “Chicago” and “Guys and Dolls,” and starred as Rhett Butler in a musical stage adaptation of “Gone With the Wind.” The massive-budget present opened in London in April 2008 however closed two months later after poor opinions and ticket gross sales.

In 2010, he gained one other actuality present, “Popstar to Operastar” and afterward carried out in a manufacturing of “Carmen” at London’s O2 Area.

He additionally made a foray into Hollywood as a co-executive producer on the 2016 horror movie “Imperium,” starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Campbell Danesh married actress Natasha Henstridge in California in 2011; they divorced just a few years later.

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