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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Rochester Police Department's investigation into a recent death in the city is attracting international attention.

A police spokesperson says 41-year-old Darius Campbell Danesh was found deceased at the Berkman Apartments just before noon on August 11. The cause of his death is still under investigation, but police say there is no threat to the public.

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The BBC today published a statement from his family. "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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According to the BBC and other media reports, Darius Campbell Danesh achieved fame in 2002 when he advanced to the finals of the British TV talent show Pop Idol. 10 years later, he was named the winner of another British TV talent competition called Popstar to Operastar. The Scottish singer's career included recording two albums that both made the top 40 in Britain. He also performed on stage in a number of West End plays and wrote a book.

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