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Pop idol star Darius Campbell Danesh dies at 41

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Former Pop Idol contestant Darius Campbell Danesh has been found dead at the age of 41 in his US apartment, his family said.

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The singer and actor was found Thursday last week in Rochester, Minnesota, but his cause of death is unknown.

The local police department has confirmed that there were no signs of intent or suspicious circumstances. The cause of his sudden death is unknown at this stage, while medical tests are on.

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"We ask that you please respect our wishes for privacy at this time, while we come to terms with the tragic loss of our son and brother."

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Scottish singer-songwriter and actor - known as Darius Danesh when he made his first bid to fame in 2001 on the ITV show Popstars - who had also previously appeared on Pop Idol, which was won by Will Young.

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He had a successful stage career in Chicago, with two production runs as Billy Flynn, as well as appearing in Guys and Dolls, Gone with the Wind and West End.

He lived in America and fell in love with Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge, whose films include the sci-fi hit Species.

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The couple married in 2011 at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California, but they divorced a few years later.

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