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Last picture of Darius Campbell Danesh before he was found dead aged 41

Darius Campbell Danesh was last photographed in Malibu with actor Gerard Butler in June, two months before he was found dead in his bed at the age of 41.

The former Pop Idol contestant and theater star was found unconscious in his Rochester, Minnesota apartment on Aug. 11, though the cause of death remains unknown.

The two men — who became friends after Darius moved to America — were seen walking barefoot to Malibu beach as the late singer walked his dog.

Last seen: Darius Campbell Danesh was last photographed in Malibu with actor Gerard Butler in June - two months before he was found dead in his bed at the age of 41

Last seen: Darius Campbell Danesh was last photographed in Malibu with actor Gerard Butler in June – two months before he was found dead in his bed at the age of 41

The photo was taken nine weeks before Darius’ shock passed on June 11.

During the outing, Daris wore a bakery-style flat with trousers rolled up to his knees.

Gerard, who lives near Malibu, walked forward in a light blue polo shirt and jeans.

Tragic: Former Pop Idol contestant and theater star was found unconscious in his Rochester, Minnesota apartment on Aug. 11 — though cause of death remains unknown

Tragic: Former Pop Idol contestant and theater star was found unconscious in his Rochester, Minnesota apartment on Aug. 11 — though cause of death remains unknown

Tragic: Former Pop Idol contestant and theater star was found unconscious in his Rochester, Minnesota apartment on Aug. 11 — though cause of death remains unknown

Darius, who was married to Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge from 2011-201, whose films include sci-fi hit Species, and has been based in the US for the past fifteen years.

The couple married in 2011 at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California, but 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 six-month period apart.

‘Often it was half a long distance relationship. That in itself was a great experience, but also a painful one. When you love someone, you want to be with them.’

He befriended A-lister Gerard, 52, as well as other stars, including Rebel Wilson.

During his stint in the United States, Darius became a successful actor and producer and was known for Imperium (2016), Tomorrow (2018) and Hotel Babylon (2006).

Friends: In addition to befriending A-lister Gerard, 52, he also becomes close with other stars, including Rebel Wilson

Friends: In addition to befriending A-lister Gerard, 52, he also becomes close with other stars, including Rebel Wilson

Friends: In addition to befriending A-lister Gerard, 52, he also becomes close with other stars, including Rebel Wilson

Darius’ family wrote in a tweet on Tuesday announcing the news: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Darius Campbell Danesh. Darius was found unconscious in his bed in his Rochester, Minnesota apartment room and pronounced dead in the afternoon by the local medical examiner’s office.”

Police said there were “no signs of intent or suspicious circumstances,” his relatives also confirmed.

Danesh made his first bid for fame on ITV show Popstars in 2001 with his quirky rendition of Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time.

Former Love: Darius, who was married to Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge from 2011-2018, has lived in the US for 15 years

Former Love: Darius, who was married to Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge from 2011-2018, has lived in the US for 15 years

Former Love: Darius, who was married to Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge from 2011-2018, has lived in the US for 15 years

He didn’t make the band, but the following year he appeared on the first Pop Idol, which was won by Will Young, with Darius finishing third behind another well-known name in Gareth Gates.

Continuing to build a successful theater career, the Scottish performer appeared in Chicago as Billy Flynn in two series of the production, as well as Guys And Dolls, Gone With The Wind and more in the West End.

He lived in the US and was in a relationship with Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge, whose films include the science fiction hit Species.

Career: After Pop Idol, Darius turned down Simon Cowell's offer for a record deal and signed with producer Steve Lillywhite, whose credits include U2 and the Rolling Stones

Career: After Pop Idol, Darius turned down Simon Cowell's offer for a record deal and signed with producer Steve Lillywhite, whose credits include U2 and the Rolling Stones

Career: After Pop Idol, Darius turned down Simon Cowell’s offer for a record deal and signed with producer Steve Lillywhite, whose credits include U2 and the Rolling Stones

The couple married in 2011 at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California, but have since divorced.

A statement from the family said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Darius Campbell Danesh. Darius was found unconscious in bed in his Rochester, Minnesota apartment room on Aug. 11, and was pronounced dead by the local medical examiner that afternoon.

“Local police have confirmed that there were no signs of intent or suspicious circumstances. The cause of his sudden death is unknown at this stage as medical investigations continue.

“We kindly ask that you respect our privacy wishes at this time as we process the tragic loss of our son and brother.”

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

Actress Carrie Hope Fletcher reacted to the news of his passing today, tweeting: “This is such sad news” and sharing a heartbroken emoji.

He first rose to fame when he appeared on Popstars in 2001 before defying critics and enjoying a successful music and theater career.

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

After Pop Idol in 2002, Danesh turned down Simon Cowell’s offer for a recording contract 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, beginning a string of top 10 releases.

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

Shot to stardom" The Scottish singer joined the Pop Idol program in 2002, with a new look, and sang his way to third place, behind runner-up Gareth Gates and eventual winner Will Young.

Shot to stardom" The Scottish singer joined the Pop Idol program in 2002, with a new look, and sang his way to third place, behind runner-up Gareth Gates and eventual winner Will Young.

Shot to stardom” The Scottish singer joined the Pop Idol program in 2002, with a new look, and sang his way to third place, behind runner-up Gareth Gates and eventual winner Will Young.

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