Darius Campbell Danesh‘s dying has been dominated an accident.
The Scottish singer died at age 41 in his Rochester, Minnesota, house on Aug. 11, in keeping with an announcement from his household given to Deadline.
The Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Workplace confirmed to The Guardian that the previous Pop Idol star died from “inhalation of chloroethane.” His dying was dominated an accident.
“The outcomes of medical examinations have confirmed that Darius’s dying was an accident attributable to chloroethane, which is used to deal with ache and that tragically result in respiratory arrest,” an announcement from his household obtained by the outlet learn. “We want to thank everybody for his or her love and kindness, and ask that the household’s privateness is maintained throughout this troublesome time.”
Danesh’s household added that he had been affected by continual ache following a automobile accident in 2010 that left him with a damaged neck, per The Guardian.
The Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Workplace 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. house final month, in keeping with his household.
“It’s with nice disappointment that we announce the passing of Darius Campbell Danesh,” the household mentioned within the assertion launched on the time. “Darius was discovered unresponsive in mattress in his house room in Rochester, Minnesota, on August 11 and was pronounced lifeless within the afternoon by the native health workers’ workplace.”
Born in Glasgow, Campbell Danesh first discovered fame in 2001 when he did a theatrical cowl of Britney Spears‘ “Child One Extra Time” on the British expertise competitors present Popstars. A 12 months later, he positioned third on ITV’s Pop Idol, behind Will Younger and Gareth Gates.
After the present, he turned down a file 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. prime 10 singles over the subsequent three years: “Rushes,” “Unbelievable (What I Meant To Say),” “Kinda Love” and “Dwell Twice.” He additionally toured with artists equivalent to Shakira and Alanis Morissette.
Beginning in 2005, Campbell Danesh discovered new acclaim as a West Finish star, showing in musicals like Guys and Dolls, Chicago, Humorous Lady, From Right 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-Issue contestant Rylan Clark. “Correct unhappy 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 “could not have been a nicer, hotter visitor with a terrific sense of self deprecation.”