Darius Campbell Danesh: Stars pay tribute to former Pop Idol contestant after demise aged 41 | Ents & Arts Information

Stars from the world of music and TV have paid tribute to the “terrific” Darius Campbell Danesh following his demise on the age of 41.

The previous Pop Idol contestant was found dead in his apartment in Minnesota on 11 August, his household introduced on Tuesday.

Whereas his explanation for demise will not be but identified, medical examinations are persevering with to happen and the native police division has stated there are “no indicators of intent or suspicious circumstances”.

The Scottish singer-songwriter shot to fame after showing within the ITV present Popstars, the place he grew to become identified for his audition efficiency of Britney’s Child One Extra Time.

Main the tributes was Simon Cowell, who remembered the theatre star as “charismatic, humorous and only a nice particular person to be with”.

Simon Cowell visits The BRIT School and the Nordoff Robbins facility in the grounds ahead of being honoured at this year..s Music Industry Trusts Award (MITS) - an event held to raise money for these charities...  London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 29, 2015. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

A decide on Pop Idol whereas Campbell Danesh was a contestant, Cowell stated: “I first noticed Darius on tv over 20 years in the past and I obtained to know him rather well.

“His passing, for somebody so younger, is an absolute tragedy and my coronary heart goes out to his household and associates.”

‘It was one of many cellphone calls you simply by no means count on’

One other former Pop Idol decide, Pete Waterman, instructed Sky Information that Campbell Danesh was a “such a stunning lad” and his “coronary heart goes out” to his household.

Pete Waterman arriving for the Sony Radio Academy Awards, at Grosvenor House Hotel in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 13, 2013. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Pete Waterman

“I nonetheless cannot fairly consider it. He was 41 years previous… it is such a younger age,” he stated. “It was one of many cellphone calls you simply by no means count on.”

Waterman added: “He was pretty to work with, real and vastly proficient. I first met him on the primary Pop Idol, I hadn’t seen him on Popstars, however I had two younger daughters who instructed me about this loopy man singing Child One Extra Time.

“He walked out, and he sang, and I believed he was good. I believed, ‘wow, this man is nice’, and we grew to become agency associates.”

He went on to say Campbell Danesh was “vastly well mannered” however a “complicated character” who was laborious to “pin down”.

“He did reveals, he produced movies, he did all kinds of investments, and we talked about him getting again into the pop trade and I simply knew it will by no means occur,” he stated.

“He may have been Michael Buble, however he wished to do too many issues.”

(L-R) Pop Idol top five: Gareth Gates, Hayley Evetts, Darius Danesh, Zoe Birkett and Will Young
(L-R) Pop Idol high 5: Gareth Gates, Hayley Evetts, Darius Danesh, Zoe Birkett and Will Younger

‘A soul that lit up each room’

Gareth Gates, who discovered fame after he was the runner-up on the primary collection of Pop Idol, paid tribute to his “expensive good friend” in a touching Instagram put up.

Alongside an image of himself and Campbell Danesh, the 38-year-old wrote: “Darius took me underneath his wing throughout our time in Pop Idol, like an enormous brother; at all times searching for me and for that I thanks my good friend.

“I’ll miss our chats. He was probably the most lovely, clever and mild souls I used to be fortunate sufficient to know, a soul that lit up each room.

“Goodbye my good friend. Perpetually in my coronary heart.”

‘A passionate performer’

Opera singer Katherine Jenkins, who mentored Campbell Danesh on an ITV present known as Popstar to Operastar in 2010, stated she had “nice reminiscences” of teaching him.

“So unhappy to listen to the information of Darius’s passing,” she stated.

“Vastly enthusiastic, a passionate performer and proud Scotsman. My ideas are together with his household.

“Bernie Nolan, Meatloaf and now Darius – all associates from season one and brought too quickly from us. RIP.”

‘A real household man’

Presenter and former member of Hear’Say Myleene Klass paid tribute to the “proficient” Campbell Danesh.

Sharing a hyperlink to a video of the singer performing, the 44-year-old, who additionally discovered fame on Popstars, wrote: “Everybody ought to watch this efficiency. Darius, you have been so proficient, so type.

“A real household man. My ideas are with them now.”

She additionally shared a picture of a gaggle of individuals, together with herself and Darius, with the caption: “Again on the very begin.”

‘My childhood crush’

Gogglebox star Scarlett Moffatt posted an image of the singer acting at a contest on her Instagram story.

“Darius, you have been my childhood crush from Pop Idol days and I nonetheless blast out Colourblind on a wet day… prayers to your loved ones, associates and followers,” she wrote.

Campbell Danesh’s debut single, Colourblind, was launched in July 2002 after he appeared on the present and shot to primary.

Scarlett Moffat shared this tribute to Darius Campbell Danesh on her Instagram story

‘All the time our Britney’

Liberty X member Jessica Taylor, whose group was fashioned on Popstars, tweeted: “I am so unhappy. Darius was solely 41.

“He was an absolute gentleman and I do know all of us who did Popstars with him will bear in mind him with large fondness.

“He had a method of bringing us all collectively and had such a pure heat about him. Relaxation in peace pretty man.”

Fellow bandmate Michelle Heaton stated: “So unhappy… ideas with Darius household proper now x at all times our Britney.”

‘Actually heartbreaking’

Sharing a photograph of her and Campbell Danesh, Allo ‘Allo! actress Vicki Michelle described him as a “pretty proficient man and a gentleman”.

English-born actor Matthew Marsden described the information as “really heartbreaking” and remembered the primary time he met Campbell Danesh.

“I first met Darius when he auditioned for the Large Breakfast climate man years in the past. He was a terrific human being. My ideas and prayers exit to his household,” he stated.

Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts merely stated: “That is so unhappy. Pondering of Darius’ household and associates.”

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