Darius Campbell Danesh: Sadly, the 41-year-old Pop Idol and West End Star Has Passed Away!
Darius Campbell Danesh, a singer, and actor who became famous because of his appearances on the ITV talent series Popstars and Pop Idol twenty years ago, has passed away at the age of 41.
The Scotsman finished in third place in the Pop Idol competition in 2002, after Will Young and Gareth Gates.
Later on, in that same year, his single “Colourblind” climbed all the way to the top of the UK singles chart, while his album “Dive In” made the top 10 there.
After achieving success on the charts, he went on to become a sensation on the West End, performing in musicals such as Chicago and the show that won the Olivier Award for Best Musical, Guys and Dolls.
His relatives reported that he was discovered in his apartment in the United States, but the circumstances surrounding his passing are unknown.
They added in a statement, “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Darius Campbell Danesh,” which translates to “it is with great regret that we announce his passing.” “On August 11, Darius was discovered lying in bed in his apartment room in Rochester, Minnesota, unresponsive. The Rochester, Minnesota, office of the local medical examiner pronounced him dead in the afternoon.
“The local police have determined that no motive or suspicious conditions were present. Medical examiners are still trying to determine what caused his unexpected death.
Please understand that we need time to mourn the loss of our son and brother in private.
Simon Cowell, a judge on Pop Idol and record producer, was among the celebrities to pay tribute to Perry.
‘I got to know Darius extremely well after seeing him on TV for the first time over 20 years ago,’ he said.
“In short, he was a joy to be around because of his charming personality and hilarious sense of humor.
The loss of someone so young is tragic, and my thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones.
Gentle, Generous, And Humble
On Twitter, judge, and broadcaster Nicki Chapman referred to Campbell Danesh as “a great gent with a kind spirit” and that her prayers were with his loved ones.
Gareth Gates, the runner-up on Pop Idol behind Will Young, said that Campbell Danesh was like a “big brother” who “took me under his wing” during their time on the show.
The Instagram post continued, “He was one of the most beautiful, intellectual, and loving beings I was lucky enough to know, a soul that brightened up every room.”
During a recent Twitter conversation, actor Sanjeev Bhaskar said: “The brutally early death of Darius has left everyone devastated. He appeared on The Kumars and was a delightful, affable guest with a wonderful capacity for self-deprecation.”
Broadcaster James O’Brien chimed in, saying, “Darius was a great bloke.” Away from the cameras, he was soft-spoken, generous, humble, and fiercely devoted to his younger siblings, in contrast to his TV persona of being both self-assured and ambitious.
Campbell Danesh, whose mother is Scottish and whose father is Iranian, was born in Glasgow in 1980 and attended the University of Edinburgh to study English Literature and Philosophy.
But he had success in mind, and his dramatic cover of Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time on Popstars, the groundbreaking talent competition of 2001, got him noticed.
Later that year, he made a comeback on the spinoff Pop Idol, this time without the ponytail and beard, and with a fresh outlook that propelled him to the show’s final three. There were over 13 million viewers for the championship game.
During a 2017 interview with Digital Spy, the artist reflected on his career, noting that his time spent on the shows had a formative effect on him.
“I look back on it all with wonderful recollections, and with a profound appreciation of the backing of the British audience at a time when I initially went through Popstars — I made mistakes, and I was too brash, and I didn’t have humility,” he said.
“I came back with a willingness to learn from my mistakes and to simply share my voice and love of music,” he added. “I have deep respect for anyone who puts themselves in the position of being judged or being possibly put in the position of public criticism.”
His performance on Pop Idol was so impressive that he turned down a record deal from judge Simon Cowell in favour of teaming up with producer Steve Lillywhite, with whom he recorded the smash tune Colourblind.
He explained to The Guardian that he had rejected Cowell’s “gracious” offer because he was urged to record two cover songs when he wanted to focus on original content.
Imagine, he said, I could have covered Gareth’s rendition of Robson and Jerome’s cover of the Righteous Brothers. “What fantastic news! I just can’t say that motivates me in any way.”
After the success of Rushes, Incredible (What I Meant to Say), Kinda Love, and Live Twice, Campbell Danesh had a string of four consecutive top 10 singles in the United Kingdom over the course of three years.
After that, he had a great theatre career, during which he played Billy Flynn in two productions of Chicago and later admitted that he was inspired by Cowell in creating the role.
He added, “There’s a lot of Simon Cowell in Billy Flynn in terms of the way he tackles things, and I recognise that in terms of the character. He’s the consummate businessman and a beautiful guy.”
Cowell was instrumental in convincing him to take on the part, which he played opposite America Ferrera of Ugly Betty.
To be able to call Simon Cowell a friend and have dinner with him is an honour and a privilege for which I am eternally thankful.
In 2008, he portrayed Rhett Butler in the West End production of Gone with the Wind directed by Sir Trevor Nunn.