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Darius Campbell Danesh was found dead in building across street from The Mayo Clinic

A heartbreaking police dispatch call has revealed the moment Pop Idol star Darius Campbell Danesh was found unresponsive in an apartment block – when a ‘medical’ team was requested for a ‘possible deceased’ person.

The death of the Scottish singer-songwriter and actor aged just 41 in the US was announced by his family yesterday, five days after he was discovered unresponsive in his bed in Rochester, Minnesota , on August 11.

Rochester Police Department said it responded to a ‘deceased person call’ at 11.53am on August 11 at The Berkman, and the Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office identified the person as Darius.

According to The Sun, a dispatch call was placed when a ‘medical’ team was requested for a ‘possible deceased’ person. Another call was allegedly made minutes later from an operator saying: ‘No need for them to respond. We’ll be waiting for RPD [Rochester Police Department] to arrive on the scene. We’ll secure the residence.’

Darius was living at The Berkman apartments, a two-year-old building situated across seven floors that is billed as Rochester’s ‘premier address for elegant short term and long-term furnished suites and residential living’. Last night, MailOnline spoke to several residents of the building and none of them knew there had been a death there.

Most of the tenants who live at The Berkman – which has about 270 long-term rentals and 75 short-term or nightly rentals – work or are being treated at the famous Mayo Clinic’s 1,265-bed Saint Marys Campus across the road.

The campus – which opened in 1889, has 70 operating rooms and ten intensive care units – specialises in cardiac treatment, transplants, epilepsy monitoring, neonatal intensive care, psychiatry, neurosurgery and rehabilitation.

The Berkman is specifically marketed as being near the hospital, with its website title being ‘Berkman Apartments across from Mayo Clinic’ and its description saying: ‘Directly across from Mayo Clinic’s Saint Marys Hospital’.

It is yet not known whether Darius had any link to the Mayo Clinic. A Rochester Police Department spokesman said: ‘The investigation into the cause of his death is still pending. There is no known threat to the public.’

Darius was thought to have been just weeks away from a reunion tour with his former Pop Idol co-stars, with sources close to him claiming that he had been hugely ‘excited’ for the homecoming and UK comeback trip.

Stars of the show from across the world, including Queen singer and American Idol winner Adam Lambert, were due to be invited back with Thames TV filming at the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End, reported The Sun.

Police have said there were ‘no signs of intent or suspicious circumstances’ as of yet while they await toxicology reports. Darius lived in the US and had been in a relationship with Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge. 

The couple married in 2011 at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California, but had since divorced. His former wife wrote in a statement yesterday: ‘There are no words Darius… only Love Love Love. Forever Janam.’

A statement from Darius’s family said: ‘It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Darius Campbell Danesh. 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.

Pop Idol star Darius Campbell Danesh, pictured in May 2018 at The Ivy Chelsea Garden Annual Summer Party in London

Pop Idol star Darius Campbell Danesh, pictured in May 2018 at The Ivy Chelsea Garden Annual Summer Party in London

An example of a room at The Berkman apartments - a building in Rochester, Minnesota, where Darius was found dead

An example of a room at The Berkman apartments - a building in Rochester, Minnesota, where Darius was found dead

An example of a room at The Berkman apartments – a building in Rochester, Minnesota, where Darius was found dead 

The Berkman, seen last night, is billed as Rochester's 'premier address for elegant short term and long-term furnished suites'

The Berkman, seen last night, is billed as Rochester's 'premier address for elegant short term and long-term furnished suites'

The Berkman, seen last night, is billed as Rochester’s ‘premier address for elegant short term and long-term furnished suites’

The Berkman, pictured last night, is an apartment block in the Minnesota city of Rochester

The Berkman, pictured last night, is an apartment block in the Minnesota city of Rochester

The Berkman, pictured last night, is an apartment block in the Minnesota city of Rochester

The Berkman (right, pictured under construction in 2019) is located opposite Mayo Clinic's Saint Marys Campus (left)

The Berkman (right, pictured under construction in 2019) is located opposite Mayo Clinic's Saint Marys Campus (left)

The Berkman (right, pictured under construction in 2019) is located opposite Mayo Clinic’s Saint Marys Campus (left)

Pop Idol's Gareth Gates, Hayley Evetts, Darius, Zoe Birkett and Will Young at a film premiere in London on January 17, 2002

Pop Idol's Gareth Gates, Hayley Evetts, Darius, Zoe Birkett and Will Young at a film premiere in London on January 17, 2002

Pop Idol’s Gareth Gates, Hayley Evetts, Darius, Zoe Birkett and Will Young at a film premiere in London on January 17, 2002 

Darius starred as Rhett Butler in 'Gone with the Wind' at the New London Theatre, pictured on April 14, 2008

Darius starred as Rhett Butler in 'Gone with the Wind' at the New London Theatre, pictured on April 14, 2008

Darius starred as Rhett Butler in ‘Gone with the Wind’ at the New London Theatre, pictured on April 14, 2008

The 2002 stars of Pop Idol including Simon Cowell (back row, centre) Will Young (next to Cowell, right), Gareth Gates (white suit, centre) and Darius Danesh Campbell (furthest right)

The 2002 stars of Pop Idol including Simon Cowell (back row, centre) Will Young (next to Cowell, right), Gareth Gates (white suit, centre) and Darius Danesh Campbell (furthest right)

The 2002 stars of Pop Idol including Simon Cowell (back row, centre) Will Young (next to Cowell, right), Gareth Gates (white suit, centre) and Darius Danesh Campbell (furthest right)

Among the last people to be pictured with Darius before his death was actor Gerard Butler (pictured right with his friend in Malibu, California on June 11), who had reportedly travelled to Rochester, Minnesota, in recent months

Among the last people to be pictured with Darius before his death was actor Gerard Butler (pictured right with his friend in Malibu, California on June 11), who had reportedly travelled to Rochester, Minnesota, in recent months

Among the last people to be pictured with Darius before his death was actor Gerard Butler (pictured right with his friend in Malibu, California on June 11), who had reportedly travelled to Rochester, Minnesota, in recent months 

Darius as Rhett Butler, with co-star Jill Paice as Scarlett O'Hara in the musical production of Gone With The Wind in 2008

Darius as Rhett Butler, with co-star Jill Paice as Scarlett O'Hara in the musical production of Gone With The Wind in 2008

Darius as Rhett Butler, with co-star Jill Paice as Scarlett O’Hara in the musical production of Gone With The Wind in 2008

Rebecca Thornhill, Darius and Siubhan Harrison at the 'From Here to Eternity' play afterparty in London on October 23, 2013

Rebecca Thornhill, Darius and Siubhan Harrison at the 'From Here to Eternity' play afterparty in London on October 23, 2013

Rebecca Thornhill, Darius and Siubhan Harrison at the ‘From Here to Eternity’ play afterparty in London on October 23, 2013

Gareth Gates (right) led tributes to his 'big brother' Darius Campbell Danesh (centre), also pictured with Will Young (left)

Gareth Gates (right) led tributes to his 'big brother' Darius Campbell Danesh (centre), also pictured with Will Young (left)

Gareth Gates (right) led tributes to his ‘big brother’ Darius Campbell Danesh (centre), also pictured with Will Young (left)

Darius and his former girlfriend Jacqui Ainsley, pictured at the Elle Style Awards in London on February 16, 2004

Darius and his former girlfriend Jacqui Ainsley, pictured at the Elle Style Awards in London on February 16, 2004

Darius and his former girlfriend Jacqui Ainsley, pictured at the Elle Style Awards in London on February 16, 2004

Darius and Natasha Henstridge at a barbecue at The Project Beach House in Malibu, California, on August 9, 2008

Darius and Natasha Henstridge at a barbecue at The Project Beach House in Malibu, California, on August 9, 2008

Darius and Natasha Henstridge at a barbecue at The Project Beach House in Malibu, California, on August 9, 2008

His debut single, Colourblind, was released in 2002 and went to number one, marking the start of a run of top 10 releases

His debut single, Colourblind, was released in 2002 and went to number one, marking the start of a run of top 10 releases

His debut single, Colourblind, was released in 2002 and went to number one, marking the start of a run of top 10 releases

The Scottish performer went on to forge a successful theatre career, appearing in Chicago as Billy Flynn (above, in 2011) in two runs of the production, as well as Guys And Dolls, Gone With The Wind and more in the West End

The Scottish performer went on to forge a successful theatre career, appearing in Chicago as Billy Flynn (above, in 2011) in two runs of the production, as well as Guys And Dolls, Gone With The Wind and more in the West End

The Scottish performer went on to forge a successful theatre career, appearing in Chicago as Billy Flynn (above, in 2011) in two runs of the production, as well as Guys And Dolls, Gone With The Wind and more in the West End

Simon Cowell, 63, led the tributes to the late singer he first met in 2002 when he finished in third place on Pop Idol. 

The music mogul released a statement honouring the star who passed exactly 20 years after he topped the charts with his critically-acclaimed single Colourblind.

Darius’s friend pays tribute to Pop Idol star as she lays flowers at his family home in Glasgow 

A close friend of Darius Campbell-Danesh today paid tribute to the Pop Idol star as she laid flowers at his family home in Glasgow.

Anne Ferguson said she had ‘no words’ to describe her sadness at the Scottish singer and actor’s sudden death.

Her celebrity hairdresser husband Taylor Ferguson had worked with Darius for two decades – and they met again and were pictured together in March this year when Darius visited his Glasgow salon with showbiz friend Gerard Butler.

Anna Ferguson arrives to leave flowers at Darius's family home in Glasgow today

Anna Ferguson arrives to leave flowers at Darius's family home in Glasgow today

Anna Ferguson arrives to leave flowers at Darius’s family home in Glasgow today

With tears running down her face, Mrs Ferguson told MailOnline today: ‘It’s just so awful. There are no words. I cannot describe how sad I feel.’

Mrs Ferguson told how she first became friends with Darius after her husband cut the young performer’s hair ahead of his first Pop Idol performance.

She said: ‘My husband Taylor cut Darius’ hair just before he went on Pop Idol and we stayed friends ever since.

Anne Ferguson and Darius at a fashion event in London in 2011

Anne Ferguson and Darius at a fashion event in London in 2011

Anne Ferguson and Darius at a fashion event in London in 2011

‘His song Colourblind hit number one on the day of our son’s wedding but Darius still found time to come to the wedding.

‘On Thursday we were celebrating our son’s 20th wedding anniversary and we played Darius’ tune again. I cannot believe he died that same day.

‘I send all my love to his mum and dad and his brothers. It’s so sad.’

Darius (left) is pictured with Glasgow-based hair stylist Taylor Ferguson (centre) and actor Gerard Butler (right) in March

Darius (left) is pictured with Glasgow-based hair stylist Taylor Ferguson (centre) and actor Gerard Butler (right) in March

Darius (left) is pictured with Glasgow-based hair stylist Taylor Ferguson (centre) and actor Gerard Butler (right) in March

Mrs Ferguson’s husband Taylor also paid tribute to Darius and told how he was ‘devastated’.

According to the Daily Record, Mr Ferguson said: ‘Devastated at the shocking news of the sudden death of our dearly loved friend Darius. Only 41. Our hearts are broken. We knew Darius from back in his Pop Idol days and he became a family friend.

‘We celebrated our son and daughter-in-law’s 20th wedding anniversary last Thursday. That date coincided with the 20th anniversary of Darius getting his first number one with Colourblind.

‘Indeed Darius came to the wedding and all the guests toasted his chart success – and of course we danced to the track.’

Darius famously turned down a record deal from Cowell but the two have remained friendly over the years and reunited at an X Factor party and recording. 

It was also revealed that the late star recently visited Simon’s home in Malibu for the evening to attend the party and judges’ homes filming.

Cowell told MailOnline: ‘I first saw Darius on television over 20 years ago and I got to know him really well. He was charismatic, funny and just a great person to be with.

‘His passing, for someone so young, is an absolute tragedy and my heart goes out to his family and friends.’

Among the last people to be pictured with Darius before his death was actor and friend Gerard Butler, who had frequented Rochester – a small urban city with a population of around 117,000 – in recent months.

Despite finishing in third place on Pop Idol, Cowell clearly saw Darius’s star quality and still offered him a deal, but the singer claimed it was the ‘obvious choice’ to reject it.

Darius previously told Hello! of that incident: ‘When Simon Cowell offered me a contract and I turned it down, it seemed like the obvious thing to do. I understand why people thought I was mad to do it, but if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have a number one with Colourblind.

‘I would just have been doing covers and then nobody would have heard of me ever again. I’m so lucky to be able to do what I love without having to beat to the drum of having someone else telling you what to wear and how to act.’

Following the news that the Scottish singer had passed away, a series of stars took to social media to offer their sympathies, including Lorraine Kelly, Adele Roberts and Rylan.

His Popstars alumni Jessica Pietersen and Michelle Heaton – who featured on the show in 2001 – were also among those stars paying tribute following the tragic news.

Singer Myleen Klass, who also shot to fame on Popstars with her band Hear’Say, posted following his tragic passing and honoured him with a throwback image, titled: ‘Back where it all began.’

Gareth Gates, 38, who also appeared on Pop Idol in 2002 where he pipped the late star to second place, honoured Darius with a heartfelt post after his tragic death was confirmed by relatives in an emotional statement.

He said: ‘I can’t quite believe the news of my dear friend Darius passing. I’m heartbroken. Darius took me under his wing during our time in Pop Idol, like a big brother; always looking out for me and for that I thank you my friend.

‘I will miss our chats. He was one of the most beautiful, intelligent and gentle souls I was lucky enough to know, a soul that lit up every room. Goodbye my friend. For ever in my heart.’

Darius first shot to fame when he appeared on Popstars in 2001 before going on to defy critics and enjoy a successful music and theatre career.

In a performance regarded by most as cringey when it aired at the time, Darius garnered attention for his cover of Britney Spears’s Hit Me Baby One More Time sporting his memorable ponytail and goatee on the ITV talent show.

After Pop Idol in 2002, he turned down Cowell’s offer of a record deal and signed with producer Steve Lillywhite, whose credits include U2 and the Rolling Stones.

His debut single, Colourblind, was released in July 2002 and went straight to number one, marking the start of a run of top 10 releases.

As the accolades began pouring in for the acclaimed singer and songwriter’s career, his first solo album Dive In went platinum, while his first West End stage appearance came as Billy Flynn in the iconic Chicago.

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

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

He previously told the Scottish Herald: ‘That relationship was certainly not without its ups and downs. Over the course of 12 years, we broke up many times and had a period of six months apart

‘It was often a long-distance relationship for half of it. That in itself was an amazing experience, but a painful one. When you love someone you want to be with them.’

And in 2010, he spoke to Hello! about a car crash in which he broke his neck. The singer had been a passenger in a Porsche when it hit a wall at 70mph after skidding on oil during a sunshine break in Spain.

Darius was left seriously ill in 2017 when he collapsed and went into a near-fatal coma after drinking from the River Thames while promoting water filters for the Frech2o safe drinking charity.

After collapsing with bacterial meningitis and severe brain swelling, the Glaswegian was placed in a coma, waking to find his mother Avril Danesh – herself undergoing chemo and radiotherapy for breast cancer – in tears at his bedside.

Following his third-placed finish in Pop Idol, he went on to win the first series of ITV’s Popstar To Operastar contest, beating Bernie Nolan of the Nolan Sisters in a close final.

A few months after his win on the ITV show, which featured Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins and Mexican-born tenor Rolando Villazon as judges, he landed his first major opera role as he was cast in a new production of Carmen at London’s O2 Arena.

The singer and theatre actor with Natasha Henstridge at an Oscars viewing party in West Hollywood on February 27, 2011

The singer and theatre actor with Natasha Henstridge at an Oscars viewing party in West Hollywood on February 27, 2011

The singer and theatre actor with Natasha Henstridge at an Oscars viewing party in West Hollywood on February 27, 2011

He lived in the US and was in a relationship with Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge, whose films include sci-fi hit Species. The couple married in 2011 at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California, but had since divorced

He lived in the US and was in a relationship with Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge, whose films include sci-fi hit Species. The couple married in 2011 at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California, but had since divorced

He lived in the US and was in a relationship with Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge, whose films include sci-fi hit Species. The couple married in 2011 at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California, but had since divorced

'Funny Girl' co stars Sheridan Smith (left) and Darius (right) at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London on December 2, 2015

'Funny Girl' co stars Sheridan Smith (left) and Darius (right) at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London on December 2, 2015

‘Funny Girl’ co stars Sheridan Smith (left) and Darius (right) at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London on December 2, 2015

The Scottish performer (pictured above as a teenage boy) went on to forge a successful theatre career, appearing in Chicago as Billy Flynn in two runs of the production, as well as Guys And Dolls, Gone With The Wind and more in the West End

The Scottish performer (pictured above as a teenage boy) went on to forge a successful theatre career, appearing in Chicago as Billy Flynn in two runs of the production, as well as Guys And Dolls, Gone With The Wind and more in the West End

The Scottish performer (pictured above as a teenage boy) went on to forge a successful theatre career, appearing in Chicago as Billy Flynn in two runs of the production, as well as Guys And Dolls, Gone With The Wind and more in the West End

Acclaimed singer Darius (right) at age 10 with his brother Aria (left) at a party in Bearsden South Church, Glasgow

Acclaimed singer Darius (right) at age 10 with his brother Aria (left) at a party in Bearsden South Church, Glasgow

Acclaimed singer Darius (right) at age 10 with his brother Aria (left) at a party in Bearsden South Church, Glasgow

Darius is pictured in the top hat (front of picture, right) as the father of the bride production as a young boy in Scotland

Darius is pictured in the top hat (front of picture, right) as the father of the bride production as a young boy in Scotland

Darius is pictured in the top hat (front of picture, right) as the father of the bride production as a young boy in Scotland

Darius performing on Pop Idol more than 20 years ago

Darius performing on Pop Idol more than 20 years ago

Darius performing on Pop Idol more than 20 years ago

The singer went on to rack up a total of five top ten UK hits, while his debut album Dive In also went platinum

The singer went on to rack up a total of five top ten UK hits, while his debut album Dive In also went platinum

The singer went on to rack up a total of five top ten UK hits, while his debut album Dive In also went platinum

The Scottish singer joined the bill for Pop Idol in 2002, with a new look, and crooned his way to third place, finishing behind runner-up Gareth Gates and eventual winner Will Young

The Scottish singer joined the bill for Pop Idol in 2002, with a new look, and crooned his way to third place, finishing behind runner-up Gareth Gates and eventual winner Will Young

The Scottish singer joined the bill for Pop Idol in 2002, with a new look, and crooned his way to third place, finishing behind runner-up Gareth Gates and eventual winner Will Young

He took on the principal role of toreador Escamillo in the production, for a one-off performance which marked the first ever opera at the venue at the time.

Darius later cemented his creative credentials after working as the co-executive director on the Daniel Radcliffe thriller Imperium in 2016, then Tomorrow in 2018.

The singer made friends along the way, being pictured with actors including fellow Scot Gerard Butler in June this year. In 2019, he was pictured enjoying a low-key stroll with unlikely pal actress Rebel Wilson in Portofino, Italy.

In 2011, speaking about reprising the role of Chicago’s scheming lawyer Flynn, he said he had based his portrayal of the character on his old mentor and Pop Idol judge, Cowell.

Darius starred opposite Ugly Betty star America Ferrera in the musical set in prohibition-era Chicago, and said: ‘He’s the consummate businessman and a wonderful guy and there’s a lot of Simon Cowell in Billy Flynn in terms of the way he approaches things and I recognise that in terms of the character.’

He credited Cowell with persuading him to take on the role in Chicago in the first place.

He said: ‘I’m incredibly grateful for the experiences I’ve had and all the opportunities that it opened up and to be able to call Simon Cowell a friend and to be able to have dinner with him.’

Myleene Klass, who also shot to fame on Popstars with her band Hear'Say, posted following Darius's death and honoured him with a throwback image, titled: 'Back where it all began'

Myleene Klass, who also shot to fame on Popstars with her band Hear'Say, posted following Darius's death and honoured him with a throwback image, titled: 'Back where it all began'

Myleene Klass, who also shot to fame on Popstars with her band Hear’Say, posted following Darius’s death and honoured him with a throwback image, titled: ‘Back where it all began’

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A true gent! Liberty X star Jessica Pietersen was among stars paying tribute to Pop Idol star Darius Campbell after he was found dead in his apartment at the age of 41

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1660729838 511 Darius Campbell Danesh was found dead in building across street

 

Darius had also been an ambassador for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice.

He was born in Glasgow to a Scottish mother and Iranian father. The eldest of three boys, he attended Bearsden Primary School before studying English literature and philosophy at the University of Edinburgh.

Although he found fame as Darius Danesh, he later changed his name to incorporate his mother Avril’s maiden name, Campbell, after an emotional visit to his grandfather in a Paisley nursing home made him reflect on his Scottish heritage.

He became a supporter of cancer charities including Cancer Research UK after both his parents were diagnosed with cancer and recovered.

He said: ‘I’m incredibly grateful for the experiences I’ve had and all the opportunities that it opened up and to be able to call Simon Cowell a friend and to be able to have dinner with him.’  

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