The death of former Pop Idol contestant Darius Campbell Danesh has been ruled an accident

Darius Campbell attends The Float Like A Butterfly Ball 2018, the annual black tie boxing gala in aid of Caudwell Children, at The Grosvenor House Hotel on October 19, 2018 in London, England.

Darius Campbell attends The Float Like A Butterfly Ball 2018, the annual black tie boxing gala in aid of Caudwell Children, at The Grosvenor House Hotel on October 19, 2018 in London, England.

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Darius Campbell Danesh’s death has been ruled an accident.

The Scottish singer died at the age of 41 in his Rochester, Minnesota apartment on August 11, according to a statement from his family provided to Deadline.

The Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that The guardian that the ex Pop Idol star died of “chloroethane inhalation”. His death was ruled an accident.

“Medical examination results confirmed that Darius’ death was an accident caused by chloroethane, which is used to treat pain and which tragically leads to respiratory arrest,” said a statement from his family obtained by the agency. “We would like to thank everyone for their love and kindness and ask that the family be protected at this difficult time.”

Danesh’s family added that he suffered from chronic pain after a car accident in 2010 that left him with a broken neck. The guardian.

The Southern Minnesota District Medical Examiner’s Office did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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The Scottish singer – whose debut single ‘Colourblind’ spent two weeks at No.1 in the UK charts in 2002 – was found “unresponsive” in his US flat last month, according to his family.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Darius Campbell Danesh,” the family said in a statement released at the time. “Darius was found unresponsive in bed in his apartment room in Rochester, Minnesota, on August 11 and was pronounced dead that afternoon by the local medical examiner’s office.”

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Born in Glasgow, Campbell Danesh first found fame in 2001 when he performed a stage cover of Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” on the UK’s Got Talent. Popstars. A year later, it came third on ITV Pop Idolbehind Will Young and Gareth Gates.

After the show, he turned down a record deal from Pop Idol judge Simon Cowell, choosing instead to sign with producer Steve Lillywhite. Lillywhite collaborated with Campbell Danesh on his debut single “Colourblind”, which spent two weeks at No.1 in the UK charts.

Campbell Danesh went on to have four more UK top 10 singles over the next three years: “Rushes,” “Incredible (What I Meant To Say),” “Kinda Love” and “Live Twice.” He also toured with artists such as Shakira and Alanis Morissette.

Beginning in 2005, Campbell Danesh found new recognition as a West End star, appearing in musicals such as Guys and Dolls, Chicago, Funny Girl, From here to Eternity and Gone With the Wind. In 2010 he also won the ITV show Popstar to Operastarwhich followed eight pop stars as they trained to perform famous opera arias.

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After news of his death, tributes poured in from fellow Campbell Danes, including the British TV presenter and former The X Factor contestant Rylan Clark. “I feel so sorry for Darius,” Clark he tweeted.

The Kumari Actor Sanjeev Bhaskar recalled the time when Campbell Danesh starred in the show in 2002, tweeting that he “couldn’t have been a nicer, warmer guest with a great sense of self-deprecation.”

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