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Darius Campbell Danesh, the Pop Idol runner-up and West End star has died, the BBC reports. He was 41.

The singer, who was Scottish, was reportedly found dead in an apartment in Rochester, Minnesota on Thursday, August 11. A spokesperson for the Rochester police department told Variety his death is currently the subject of “an open investigation”.

The spokesperson would not comment on whether there were any suspicious circumstances.

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Darius Campbell arrives for the European Premiere of 'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 22, 2016 in London, England. Darius Campbell Danesh was found unresponsive in bed in his apartment in Minnesota. (Getty)

Danesh was catapulted into the public eye in 2001 with his rendition of Britney Spears chart-topper Hit Me Baby One More Time on one of the UK’s early noughties singing competition shows pop stars.

The following year he also appeared on the first season of British Americon Idol prototype Pop Idolfinishing third behind Will Young and Gareth Gates.

Danesh went on to release a single, ‘Colourblind’, which reached the number one spot in the UK charts, while a follow-up album, Dive Inwas a Top 10 hit.

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He subsequently went on to appear in West End shows including Chicagoin which he appeared alongside America Ferrera, Funny Girlalongside Sheridan Smith, and Guys and Dolls.

Danesh also produced a number of films, including a documentary titled Fountain of Youth and a horror feature, House Redstarring his ex-wife Natasha Henstridge and model-turned-actor Clara Paget.

Darius performs at the Clotheshow Live 2003, the world's largest consumer fashion and beauty show, at the NEC on December 7, 2003 in Birmingham. Darius Campbell Danesh rose to fame after appearing on Popstars in 2001. (Getty)

The BBC quoted a statement from Danesh’s family, 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.”

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ITV, the network which broadcast both pop stars and Pop Idolalso released a statement, saying: “Darius was a much loved and memorable part of both the pop stars and Pop Idoland our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

British television stars have also paid tribute to the singer. Host Rylan Clark-Neal wrote on social media “Proper sad about Darius” while daytime presenter Lorraine Kelly tweeted: “This is really sad. Thoughts with his family and friends and everyone who loved him. A really good bloke – funny and kind and very talented.”

Music exec turned radio host Nicki Chapman, who was a judge on both Popstars and Pop Idolalso added her condolences on Twitter.

“There will only ever be one Darius Campbell Danesh,” she wrote. “A true gent with a kind soul & mischievous tinkle in his eye. From that eventful first audition on ‘Popstars’ to him kindly inviting me to see him perform on the West End stage. Thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

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