Darius Danesh, the singer and actor who rose to fame on Popstars and Pop Idol, has died on the age of 41.
A press launch from the Scottish star’s family said: “It is with nice unhappiness that we announce the passing of Darius (*41*) Danesh.
“Darius was found unresponsive in bed in his apartment room in Rochester, Minnesota, on 11 August and was pronounced dead in the afternoon by the local medical examiners’ office.”
The assertion said that the native police division confirmed there have been no suspicions of foul play, together with: “The explanation for his sudden demise is unknown at this stage whereas medical examinations proceed.
“We ask that you kindly respect our wishes for privacy at this time whilst we come to terms with the tragic loss of our son and brother.”
In 2002, Danesh acquired right here third on Pop Idol behind Will Young and Gareth Gates. His memorable moments on the current embody his renditions of Tom Jones’s music “It’s Not Unusual” and Atomic Kitten’s hit “Whole Again”.
He later turned a West End star, displaying in musicals much like Chicago and the Oliver Award-winning Guys and Dolls.
In his 2008 evaluation of the London manufacturing of Gone With the Wind for The Independent, Paul Taylor wrote of Danesh’s effectivity as Rhett Butler: “The diabolically dashing Darius Danesh brings a seductively insolent charm, a dark velvet voice and a genuine, fugitive pathos to the cynical blockade runner.”
Danesh lived inside the US, the place he met his ex-wife, Canadian actor Natasha Henstridge.
The couple married in 2011, sooner than separating two years later. Their divorce was finalised in 2018.
In 2010, Danesh spoke to Hello! journal a few vehicle crash in Spain by which he broke his neck, saying he was “three millimetres from death”.
He had been a passenger in a Porsche when it hit a wall at 70mph after skidding on oil.
After coming third in Pop Idol, Danesh went on to win the first assortment of ITV’s Popstar to Operastar contest, beating Bernie Nolan of the Nolan Sisters in a very good final.
Afetr that win, he landed his first most important opera place as Escamillo in a model new manufacturing of Carmen at London’s O2 Arena.
In 2011, speaking about having fun with the place of Chicago’s scheming lawyer Billy Flynn, he said he had primarily based his portrayal of the character on his outdated mentor and Pop Idol select, Simon Cowell.
(*41*) starred reverse Ugly Betty star America Ferrera inside the musical set in prohibition-era Chicago, and said: “He’s the consummate businessman and a wonderful guy and there’s a lot of Simon Cowell in Billy Flynn in terms of the way he approaches things and I recognise that in terms of the character.”