Darius Campbell Danesh’s final snap saw star near home with Gerard Butler

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Darius Campbell Danesh's final picture saw Pop Idol legend walking barefoot near his Minnesota home with Hollywood megastar Gerard Butler.

He wore a baggy pair of grey trousers and a casual black t-shirt, with the actor also dressing down donning a pale blue polo top and denim wash jeans.

Darius was last snapped in the UK at Grosvenor House, London, in June 2018, when he attended the Caudwell Children's Butterfly Ball.

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The chart-topper showcased his inner kindness as he went along to the annual fundraiser to help raise funds for sick and disabled children across the UK.

The Colourblind singer was found dead in his Minnesota apartment five days ago (August 11) and the cause of the hitmakers death is still unknown.

According to reports, the 41-year-old was found unresponsive in his US apartment room, with medics later pronouncing him dead.

Officers at the scene have confirmed there appeared to be no signs of foul play or suspicious circumstances with further investigations still being carried out.

Darius' family, have now released a statement of "great sadness" as they ask for privacy while going through the grieving process.

They said: "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Darius Campbell Danesh.

"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."

The sad news about the Scottish-native's tragic death appeared to cause shockwaves on Twitter as masses of fans took to their keyboards to pay their respects.

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One fan said: "So sad to hear about the death of my favourite #popidol #DariusDanesh he's the only popular one from talent shows that I actually bought albums of and a massively underrated songwriter and performer. Thoughts are with his family and loved ones [heartbroken emoji]."

A second person echoed: "Very sad news! #DariysDanesh was a proper TV legend in the noughties… #PopIdol."

Another comment read: "I'm shocked to hear Darius has died. Remember him so well from #PopIdol RIP [heartbroken emoji], too young at 41."

Darius is best known here in the UK for his stint on Popstars in 2001 where he famously performed Britney Spears' Hit Me Baby One More Time.

By popular demand, he was back the following year to re-enter Simon Cowell's talent scouting competition Pop Idol.

This time he went up against the likes of the 2002 winner Will Young and runner-up Gareth Gates.

Darius went on to become quite the accomplished star after he'd appeared in Billy Flynn as well as Guys and Dolls before he'd headed across the pond to the US.


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