'Cannot believe he's gone': 'Colourblind' singer Darius Campbell's accidental drug death at 41 shocks fans

The medical examiner ruled that the singer died from inhaling an anesthetic drug ethyl chloride. His death has been ruled as an accident

'Cannot believe he's gone': 'Colourblind' singer Darius Campbell's accidental drug death at 41 shocks fans
Darius Campbell died under mysterious circumstances at the age of 41 (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
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Update: Darius Danesh's cause of death was revealed by Minnesota medical examiner on September 9, a month after his death on August 11. 

The medical examiner ruled that the singer died from inhaling an anesthetic drug ethyl chloride. His death has been ruled as an accident. 

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ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA: Scottish singer Darius Campbell Danesh was found dead under mysterious circumstances in his Rochester apartment on August 11, 2022. The singer was discovered unresponsive, according to reports. The news shocked the world as it was unexpected and the 'Pop Idol' star was said to be doing fine some time ago. After rocking the world with his cover of a Britney Spears' song during the audition in 2001, he quickly climbed the UK charts with his hit single 'Colourblind'. Campbell's mysterious death has shocked fans who are unable to process this information. The tragedy also comes just weeks before his comeback trip to the UK and reunion with Adam Lambert, the winner of 'American Idol', for an episode after almost 20 years.

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The cause of Darius Campbell's death is yet to be known and the law enforcement officials are currently waiting for the toxicology report. The news was announced by the official statement issued by the family of Campbell, 41. According to BBC, the statement reads, "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 examiner's office." It further read, "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." Celebrities like Simon Cowell came forth to pay tributes to the singer and remember his iconic audition on the singing competition show. "I first saw Darius on television over 20 years ago and I got to know him really well," Cowell told Simon told MailOnline. "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," he added.

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Singer Darius Danesh attends Heidi Klum's 8th Annual Halloween Party at The Green Door on October 31, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.
Darius Campbell Danesh attends Heidi Klum's 8th Annual Halloween Party at The Green Door on October 31, 2007, in Los Angeles, California (Charley Gallay/Getty Images)

Fans shocked after Darius Campbell's mysterious death

One user remembered the Scottish singer and wrote, "I'm shocked & very sad to hear of the death of Darius Campbell. He was a lovely man & total professional when he played the role of Warden in From Here To Eternity. Talented, dedicated & passionate about the work. I pass on my deepest sympathy to his family. Fly my friend. RIP."

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One user tweeted, "Such sad news - like many, I watched Darius’ famous audition on Popstars and then his incredible comeback on Pop Idol which resulted in an amazing career and success. RIP."

Another fan couldn't believe that Darius passed away at such a young age and wrote, "41 is just way too young! As a kid who witnessed the birth of British reality TV we know today... I loved Darius Campbell Danesh and his unique talent. "Colourblind" "Rushes" "Incredible" & "Girl in the Moon" were all ace songs, cannot believe he's gone! #RIP."

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One user wrote, Was so shocked to hear this on the news, such a lovely guy, talented too, went to see him perform in Manchester with my mum as she was a huge fan, we had a brilliant night, terribly sad, not much younger than myself, my thoughts go to his family and friends."

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Another user remembered the 'Colourblind' singer and wrote, "Sad news, good singer- still enjoy a bit of colourblind. Showed his talent on pop star to opera star as well."


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