Performer Darius Campbell Danesh, who rose from a British reality show to a career on stage and in music, has died aged 41.
The singer’s family said Tuesday he was found unconscious in his apartment in Rochester, Minnesota on August 11 and pronounced dead by the local medical examiners office.
“The local police department confirmed that there were no signs of suspicious intent or circumstances,” the family said. “The cause of his sudden death is unknown at this stage as medical examinations continue.”
Born in Glasgow to a Scottish mother and Iranian father, Campbell Danesh appeared on the reality show ‘Popstars’ in 2001, causing a stir with his intense rendition of Britney Spears’ ‘…Baby One More Time’ .
He had more success later that same year on “Pop Idol,” an early Simon Cowell reality TV hybrid that aimed to find a new singing star. He came third behind Gareth Gates and Will Young, but topped the UK charts in 2002 with the single ‘Colourblind’, from his debut album ‘Dive In’.
Campbell Danesh went on to play major roles in musicals, including West End productions of ‘Chicago’ and ‘Guys and Dolls’, and starred as Rhett Butler in a musical adaptation of ‘Gone with the Wind’ . The big-budget show opened in London in April 2008 but closed two months later after poor reviews and ticket sales.
In 2010 he won another reality show, ‘Popstar to Operastar’ and then starred in a production of ‘Carmen’ at London’s O2 Arena.
He also made a foray into Hollywood as co-executive producer of the 2016 horror film “Imperium,” starring Daniel Radcliffe.
Campbell Danesh married actress Natasha Henstridge in California in 2011; they divorced a few years later.