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10th Sep 2022

Cause of Darius Danesh’s death announced by US coroner

Steve Hopkins

Darius was found dead in his US apartment in August

Former Pop Idol star Darius Campbell Danesh died from “inhalation of chloroethane” in what has been deemed an accidental death by the southern Minnesota regional medical examiner’s office.

The singer and actor was found dead in his US apartment, in Rochester, Minnesota, last month.

Autopsy documents listed “toxic effects of chloroethane” as well as “suffocation” as having contributed to the 41-year-old’s death.

The performer’s passing was also ruled an accident.

The Scottish singer-songwriter and actor rose to fame on Pop Idol alongside Will Young, before reaching number one in the UK later that year with Colourblind. His album, Dive, reached the top 10. He then went on to become a West End star, appearing in musicals like Chicago and the Oliver Award-winning Guys and Dolls.

Danesh’s family previously released a statement saying police had found “no signs of intent or suspicious circumstances”.

Their full statement read: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Darius Campbell Danesh”

“Danesh 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.”

Danesh was reportedly buried in his hometown of Glasgow during a private funeral held at the end of August. Around 100 mourners were said to have attended.

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