Darius Campbell Danesh was “really excited” about an upcoming appearance on a Pop Idol reunion show, just weeks before his tragic death on August 11, according to reports.
The 41 year old star, who first shot to fame on Pop Stars back in 2001 before winning the nation’s hearts with his appearance on Pop Idol, was rumoured to be appearing on a reunion special alongside fellow alumni Will Young and Gareth Gates.
However, tragically the singer was found dead in his US apartment last week, with his family confirming the sad news on social media on Tuesday evening.
According to a source, Darius had appeared to be in “good spirits” and was his “happy usual self” prior to his death.
He was expected to make a return to the UK in just a few weeks time for the rumoured Pop Idol reunion special being made by Thames TV to mark the twentieth anniversary of the show, the source told The Sun.
Plans for the reunion were even already underway with filming set to take place at the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End.
"He was really excited about the reunion and was in talks with producers to appear on it. They were looking at getting filming started around the end of September,” the friend told the outlet.
“It was going to be an hour-and a-half-long special hosted by Ant and Dec and full of nostalgia for the millions of Pop Idol fans.
“I spoke to Darius recently and he was in good spirits — he was his usual happy self.”
The source also revealed that the one-off special would include never-before-seen-footage from the iconic show, with Will and Gareth even reportedly being “lined up for a duet”.
Darius's family announced the heartbreaking news of his death in an emotional statement on social media which read: "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."
Darius famously came third on Pop Idol, behind Will and Gareth back in 2002, and even turned down a record deal from music mogul Simon Cowell in order to work on Colourblind himself as a music producer.
The track went on to become a UK number one and his album Dive In also ranked in the Top 10.
Alongside his music, Darius also had a successful career as a film producer, working on the Daniel Radcliffe horror flick Imperium in 2016, then Tomorrow in 2018.
He also produced a documentary in 2018 called Fountain of Youth and then worked as an executive producer on the film House Red in 2019.
Since the announcement of his death, many famous faces such as Scarlett Moffatt have been paying tribute, with Simon Cowell also penning a personal message.
"I first saw Darius on television over 20 years ago and I got to know him really well,” said talent show judge Simon. “He was charismatic, funny and just a great person to be with.”
He added: “His passing, for someone so young, is an absolute tragedy and my heart goes out to his family and friends.”
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