FORMER Pop Idol star Darius Campbell Danesh died from “inhalation of chloroethane”, the Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Workplace has confirmed.
The singer and actor was discovered lifeless in his US house, in Rochester, Minnesota, final month on the age of 41.
Post-mortem paperwork shared with The U.S. Solar listed “poisonous results of chloroethane” in addition to “suffocation” as having contributed to his demise.
Chloroethane is well obtainable in pharmacies a ache aid spray. It additionally has a historical past of being inhaled as a leisure drug.
The demise was dominated an accident, by the medical expert.
An announcement launched by Campbell Danesh’s household beforehand mentioned native police had discovered “no indicators of intent or suspicious circumstances”.
Darius was discovered lifeless weeks earlier than he was to star in a reunion present in Britain.
Grief-stricken Gareth mentioned final month in a tribute: “I can’t fairly consider the information of my expensive good friend Darius passing. I’m heartbroken.
“Darius took me below his wing throughout our time in Pop Idol, like a giant brother; at all times looking for me and for that I thanks my good friend.
“I’ll miss our chats. He was one of the crucial lovely, clever and delicate souls I used to be fortunate sufficient to know, a soul that lit up each room.
“Goodbye my good friend. Without end in my coronary heart.”
Darius was discovered “unresponsive” at his US flat on August 11.
Cops in Rochester confirmed there have been no suspicious circumstances however had been understood to be awaiting the outcomes of medical and toxicology exams.
LX Issue supremo Simon Cowell beforehand mentioned: “I first noticed Darius on tv over 20 years in the past and I acquired to know him rather well. He was charismatic, humorous and only a nice particular person to be with.
“His passing, for somebody so younger, is an absolute tragedy and my coronary heart goes out to his household and mates”.
The tragedy got here as Glasgow-born Darius — who cast a West Finish stage profession after chart-topping pop success — was set for an emotional reunion with showbiz buddies within the UK.
A supply informed The Solar that Darius was set for a possible return to the UK in simply weeks for a Pop Idol reunion particular being made by Thames TV.
Stars of the present from throughout the globe have been invited again — plus Queen singer Adam Lambert, who received American Idol.
Plans had been being made for filming on the Criterion Theatre in London’s West Finish, the place auditions had been held, for the primary time in 20 years.
The pal mentioned: “He was actually excited concerning the reunion and was in talks with producers to look on it. They had been getting filming began across the finish of September.
“It was going to be an hour-and a-half-long particular hosted by Ant and Dec and stuffed with nostalgia for the tens of millions of Pop Idol followers.
“I spoke to Darius lately and he was in good spirits — he was his standard completely satisfied self.”
I first noticed Darius on tv over 20 years in the past and I acquired to know him rather well. He was charismatic, humorous and only a nice particular person to be with.
By no means-before-seen footage was mentioned to be a part of the particular, whereas Will and Gareth had been being lined up for a duet.
However his household mentioned: “Darius was discovered unresponsive in mattress in his house room and was pronounced lifeless within the afternoon by the native medical experts’ workplace. The native police division have confirmed that there have been no indicators of intent or suspicious circumstances.
“The reason for his sudden demise is unknown at this stage whereas medical examinations proceed.
“We ask that you simply kindly respect our needs for privateness presently while we come to phrases with the tragic lack of our son and brother.”
Neil Fox, 61, who was a choose on Pop Idol, mentioned he was “saddened and shocked” to listen to the information about Darius. He recalled: “He had been such a giant character on that first Pop Idol collection.
“We lived close to one another and sometimes met up as his profession moved ahead with some massive chart hits and West Finish reveals.
“He was a captivating man — super-polite, very witty and an actual hard-working professional who had set his sights on attending to the highest. He talked with large affection about his mum and pa and at all times needed to make them proud.”
Darius’s Pop Idol appearances launched a profession which noticed him prime the charts quickly after with the only Colourblind, whereas his album Dive In reached the highest ten.
He was actually excited concerning the reunion and was in talks with producers to look on it. They had been getting filming began across the finish of September.
He went on to star in West Finish musicals together with Chicago and Guys and Dolls.
He first appeared on TV in 2001 sporting a ponytail and beard on an early Popstars present with a hilarious cowl of Britney Spears‘ Child One Extra Time — which Britney herself later saluted.
However his profession took off after he surfaced on Pop Idol with a brand new clean-cut picture, which wowed Simon Cowell. He later lived within the US and located love with Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge, star of the Species sci-fi film. They married in 2011 in Santa Barbara, California, however divorced years later.
Following his demise, Natasha shared a collection of images of them collectively and wrote: “There are not any phrases Darius… solely Love Love Love. Without end Janam.”
The actress added a quote from Mom Teresa, which learn: “I’ve discovered the paradox that for those who love till it hurts there might be no extra hurt- Solely extra love.”
The good-looking star was linked to mannequin Daisy Lowe in 2016.
He was beforehand reported to be in a relationship with Man Ritchie’s spouse Jacqui Ainsworth for 2 years within the early 2000s.
Darius sustained a damaged neck in a 70mph crash when his Porsche skidded on oil in 2010.
However the crooner bounced again to win the primary collection of ITV’s Popstar To Operastar contest — beating Bernie Nolan of the Nolan Sisters within the last. That success landed him his first main opera position in a manufacturing of Carmen at London’s O2 as toreador Escamillo.
And he joked that he channelled straight-talking previous mentor Simon’s character when he performed lawyer Flynn in musical Chicago in 2011.
A Rochester Police Division spokesman mentioned: “The investigation into the reason for his demise continues to be pending. There is no such thing as a identified risk to the general public.”
‘JOKE ACT’ WHO HIT THE BIG TIME
By Katy Docherty and Hayley Minn
HE was the unique joke act within the new breed of actuality singing contests — however plucky Darius Campbell Danesh ended up being the actual Pop Idol.
With a No1 single and revered West Finish musical theatre profession, he grew to become one of the crucial profitable contestants.
He first appeared, aged 20, in 2001 on ITV’s Popstars with slicked again hair in a ponytail and a greasy goatee.
His overly-confident acoustic model of Britney Spears’s Hit Me Child One Extra Time did not impress the judges.
They mentioned he was too “tacky” and despatched him packing — however his audition went down in actuality TV historical past.
Kym Marsh, one of many Popstars winners who shaped Hear’Say on the present, was requested if he was edited to make him look silly. She replied: “No, he was actually like that.”
After his Popstars look, he grew to become a nationwide laughing inventory. Throughout a gig at London’s G-A-Y membership night time, he was spat at and had cash and bottles thrown at him.
In his 2003 biography Sink or Swim, he mentioned he grew to become a recluse, solely leaving his Edinburgh flat to drink in bars.
However after mates confronted him, he turned his life round.
Darius had his redemption when he was invited to look on Pop Idol and debuted a brand new, trendier look.
With brief hair and a shaved face, he managed to impress the judges, even Simon Cowell.
He made it to the ultimate three alongside Gareth Gates and eventual winner Will Younger.
And in a shock twist, he selected to show down Simon’s supply of a document contract — however they remained agency mates.
Darius survived a 70mph automobile crash in 2010 and meningitis in 2015 when he by accident drank water from the Thames throughout a water filter photograph stunt.
Divorced from Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge, he loved a quick fling with Daisy Lowe shortly earlier than she appeared in Strictly in 2016.