Tragic news today, as the family of Darius Danesh have confirmed he has died. He was 41.
Darius experienced one of the great music reinventions, first finding infamy as a comic, pretentious figure on Pop Stars but he dropped all the pretence, allowed his natural self to come through and came third on Pop Idol, becoming a warmly loved star of the West End.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Darius Campbell Danesh,” his family said. “Darius was found unresponsive in bed in his apartment room in Rochester, Minnesota, on August 11 and was pronounced dead in the afternoon by the local medical examiners’ office. The local police department have confirmed that there were no signs of intent or suspicious circumstances. The cause of his sudden death is unknown at this stage while medical examinations continue. 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.”