Gerard Butler has written a touching tribute to his ‘pricey buddy’ Darius Campbell Danesh.
The actor, identified for his portrayal of Spartan king Leonidas in Zack Snyder’s hit movie 300, revealed how he was ‘devastated’ on the sudden passing of his ‘true brother in arms’.
He provided his ideas and like to Darius’ ‘great mum and pop’ Avril and Sales space, alongside along with his ‘two good brothers’ Aria and Cyrus.
Darius, 41, was discovered unresponsive in a room contained in the Berkman residences reverse the Mayo Clinic specialist remedy centre in Rochester, Minnesota on August 11. He had checked in utilizing the identify Morgan Brown, a supply there mentioned.
Campbell Danesh had grow to be shut associates with Butler, his fellow Scot, in current months, and he was among the many final folks to be pictured with him earlier than his dying.
The pair are believed to have been launched by pop legend Rod Stewart after the Colourblind singer moved out to America.
Latest photographs present Darius and Butler strolling barefoot collectively close to Malibu Seaside and on the Coachella rock pageant final April. In March, they travelled to Glasgow collectively.
Butler has right now paid tribute to his buddy, writing: ‘To these fortunate sufficient to have met Darius for various minutes, they had been deeply moved by his infectious snigger and barely containable zest for all times.
Gerard Butler revealed how he was ‘devastated’ on the sudden passing of his ‘true brother in arms’ Darius Campbell Danesh
Darius (left) is pictured with Glasgow-based hair stylist Taylor Ferguson (centre) and actor Gerard Butler (proper) in March
Actor Gerard Butler goes shoeless whereas taking a stroll alongside the Malibu shores with Darius Campbell Danesh
‘He was all the time armed with a smile, a booming voice, and a genuinely heat embrace that few might resist-nor would they need to!!!
‘He was an unbelievable expertise, a singer whose voice touched your soul and an actor with nice presence. However, most significantly, he had the center of a lion. It was larger and brighter than the solar and an power so contagious he might gentle up a room in seconds.
‘Our boy Darius was all the time fixed and unwavering in his ardour for all times. However an even bigger fixed was his dream to encourage others to raised themselves. He talked the speak however boy, did he stroll the stroll.
Butler has right now paid tribute to his buddy, writing: ‘To these fortunate sufficient to have met Darius for various minutes, they had been deeply moved by his infectious snigger and barely containable zest for all times’
‘He had such purity of thought, a deep knowledge and fixed gratitude for folks, for all times, a compassion in direction of all. His hilarious self-deprecating humorousness (he was humorous as shit) allowed him to remain humble – one thing he valued deeply.
‘Darius’ timeless dedication to being of service to individuals- his household, his associates (none extra so than me) and to the world at massive made him the right buddy. He led by instance however he was additionally a instructor, as he pushed these he cherished to be the absolute best variations of themselves.
‘The universe unfolds in methods we could not agree with and even perceive. Someplace in there I imagine there’s, or will probably be, some which means in why he left us so early. If it was nothing greater than educating us to stay with that open coronary heart, placing others first and by no means taking ourselves too severely as we be taught to traverse this wonky world we stay in then, that may be sufficient.
‘However one thing tells me there will probably be far more waves created by our boy Darius additional down the road. My coronary heart aches closely. However going ahead, I’ll beat my drum louder and have fun life and its each stunning second as a result of my brother confirmed me that was a reasonably superior technique to go about it.’
It comes after former magnificence queen Claire Caudwell, 53, revealed that she had an 18-month ‘on-off relationship’ with tragic Darius Campbell Danesh and has been left devastated by his sudden dying.
The previous accomplice of phones4U founder John Caudwell has spoken of her romance with the star and praised him as ‘an exquisite human being’.
She mentioned that she had an ‘on-off relationship’ for round 18 months with the singer and theatre star who was discovered lifeless aged 41 in a resort condo in the USA final Thursday.
However in an unique interview with MailOnline, she revealed that they stayed ‘incredible associates’ after they break up up about three-years-ago.
Claire mentioned she had been left ‘heartbroken’ by the information of his dying, and had no thought about him having struggling any issues or private points.
Former magnificence queen Claire Caudwell, 53, had an ‘on-off relationship’ for round 18 months with the tragic singer and theatre star, pictured collectively, who was discovered lifeless aged 41 in a resort condo in the USA final Thursday
The glamorous socialite informed her 28,000 followers on Instagram of her unhappiness on Wednesday, posting a tribute to him, pictured
The glamorous socialite informed her 28,000 followers on Instagram of her unhappiness on Wednesday, saying: ‘This submit is completed with the heaviest hearts proper now as I’ve heard the information right now as one in all my most treasured associates has all of the sudden handed.
‘I am past shocked and saddened and my love and deepest condolences go to his great household. I am certain my love, you are singing to the angels.’
In a sentence, studded with coronary heart and broken-heart emojis, she added: ‘You had been my angel. Darius my love.’
Claire who lives along with her 18-year-old son Jacobi from her relationship with philanthropist Caudwell informed MailOnline: ‘I’m fully heartbroken and really feel like I’ve misplaced one in all my dearest associates. I cherished him dearly and my coronary heart goes out to his household, his great dad and mom and brothers.’
Claire, pictured with ex-partner Caudwell, says she is heartbroken after the dying of Darius final week
Claire began relationship Scottish star Darius in round 2018 quickly after his closing break up from his Canadian actress spouse Natasha Henstridge. Pictured: Darius and Claire in one in all her social media posts
Darius, pictured in one in all her social media posts, first met Claire in round 2004. He supported occasions for the Caudwell Youngsters charity based by her former accomplice
Claire began relationship Scottish star Darius in round 2018 quickly after his closing break up from his Canadian actress spouse Natasha Henstridge. However she first met him round 14 years earlier when he supported occasions for the Caudwell Youngsters charity, based by her former accomplice, after he shot to fame on TV expertise reveals Popstars and Pop Idol in 2001.
The singer turned pleasant with Claire and her then accomplice Caudwell, even visiting his mom Beryl and singing songs at her bedside together with Nessun Dorma and Nat King Cole’s Smile, after she turned housebound by a stroke.
Claire mentioned: ‘We first met about 18-years-ago when he got here out of Pop Idol and he was doing the movie star circuit. He got here to our Caudwell Youngsters charity ball as a visitor to assist us again then.
‘There have been a few different charitable issues we noticed him at over the subsequent couple of years.
‘I did not see him after that for 10 years or extra as a result of he moved to America when he married Natasha. He was doing nicely there, and I by no means noticed him.
Darius had serenaded John Caudwell’s mom a number of instances earlier than her dying, and was pictured along with her in pictures on Claire’s social media
Claire, pictured with Darius, mentioned their relationship was on and off when it began as a result of he was touring with a present for just a few months in order that they acquired collectively as and when
She mentioned that she spent round 18 months along with Darius, pictured collectively, on and off
‘Then about 4 or 5 years in the past, I used to be taking my mom to see the present Humorous Woman which he was touring in.
‘He got here to my native theatre in Stoke-on-Trent. I noticed on TV, most likely Free Ladies, that he was within the present, and I used to be already taking my mom.
‘I assumed, ‘Oh, gosh’, and it impressed me to contact him, to see if let’s imagine ‘Hello’ on the finish of the present or one thing like that.
‘I did handle to contact him, and he was delighted to listen to from me, and mentioned, ‘Why do not we have now dinner earlier than the present?’, so we did with my mum, my sister and a few associates,
‘We had an early dinner, after which he carried out, and he got here to see us once more after the present, bringing flowers for my mum which was pretty.
‘He was touring, so I did not see him for a couple of month extra, however then we simply went out for dinner once more.’
Describing how the connection began, she mentioned: ‘It was just about on and off as a result of he was touring with the present for the subsequent few months, so we acquired collectively as and when.
Claire defined that Darius was travelling round lots whereas she was at residence along with her son. She mentioned she determined it was finest for them to remain associates and so they remained associates
‘I went to hitch him on a few the reveals after which he went to LA, so I did not see him for a short time longer, however then I went over to LA. It was a bit hit or miss, and on off, though all the time with a friendship.’
Claire launched a string of private pictures to MailOnline displaying them having fun with time collectively, and even sharing a sizzling tub within the snow throughout a ski vacation in Vail, Colorado.
However she added: ‘In the end along with his profession, and me being at residence with my son, it wasn’t splendid as a result of I could not be leaping round going in every single place. Summer season was approaching, and clearly I hoped to spend a while with him, however he had commitments in every single place.
‘He was doing a lot work, and I simply determined it was finest that we stayed associates. There was no drama or fall out. It simply appeared to make sense, and we remained associates.
‘I needed to have a accomplice who might spend extra time with me. We will need to have spent about 18 months collectively on or off.
Darius was nice associates with Claire and John. He hung out with them and sang on the funeral of John’s mom
‘So in the end we stopped seeing one another in a romantic manner, however we remained incredible associates.’
Her relationship with Darius led to him forging a even nearer friendship along with her ex-partner Caudwell who described the singer after his dying as ‘a vibrant younger man’ who was ‘amazingly sort and amazingly proficient’.
Darius even flew again to the UK in April to sing what Caudwell described as a ‘a spine-tingling’ rendition of Hallelujah on the funeral of his mom after she died aged 98.
Claire mentioned: ‘That was after we final hung out collectively. He came visiting particularly for the funeral of John’s mum, however he stayed at my residence for just a few days.
She insisted that he confirmed no signal of any private issues throughout his go to, saying: ‘He was excellent and spot on. He was simply the identical him – completely excellent.’
Claire even launched the final image of them collectively, larking round at her residence in Staffordshire throughout his keep in April.
Claire and Darius on the annual fundraiser for Caudwell Youngsters, at Grosvenor Home, London in 2018
Darius escorted Claire to charity occasions and events even when she was alone and single. She described him as a ‘excellent gentleman’
Speaking of their persevering with friendship, she mentioned: ‘Even once I was alone and single, he would escort me to charity occasions, events and all types as my plus one for the need of a greater phrase. He was all the time an ideal gentleman.
‘I Face-Timed him final in Might. That was the final time I noticed his face. He turned extraordinarily good associates with John, and did lots with him and the charity. He was additionally superb with my son.
‘John was with me after we first acquired to know him by means of the charity. So John knew him anyway, however their friendship deepened on account of me being with him.
‘John and I are extraordinarily shut nonetheless and have an excellent relationship. I’ll go to his occasions and events. So on account of me being with Darius, he got here alongside to occasions and events that John was having, and so they acquired nearer.
‘He came visiting particularly to sing for John’s mum at her funeral. It was wonderful of him. All of my associates cherished him. He was simply an general great human being.’
Claire mentioned she nonetheless had no thought how Darius had died in his condo resort room in Rochester, Minnesota, reverse St Mary’s Might Clinic Hospital, a care facility specialising in most cancers, cardiology and coronary heart surgical procedure.
She mentioned: ‘I’m nonetheless ready to listen to myself. We have not heard any finer element which I’m certain the household will get to now first. I’m certain we’ll discover out in some unspecified time in the future.’
Claire mentioned she is heartbroken after the dying of Darius and paid tribute to him on-line. She mentioned she cherished him dearly
The star was booked into the resort the place he died beneath the identify of his shut buddy Gerard Butler’s girlfriend, MailOnline revealed – because it emerged the Hollywood star visited him within the days earlier than his dying.
A supply on the Berkman residences informed The Solar they noticed Butler round ‘just a few instances’, including: ‘I feel he was supporting his buddy’.
His dying, on the age of 41, was introduced by his household on Tuesday, however the trigger stays unknown and it’s unclear if he was being handled on the medical facility in Rochester, Minnesota.
Native police in Rochester mentioned there have been ‘no indicators of intent or suspicious circumstances’ and are awaiting toxicology outcomes which might take as much as two months.
Among the many final folks to be pictured with Darius earlier than his dying was actor Gerard Butler (pictured proper along with his buddy in Malibu, California on June 11), who had reportedly travelled to Rochester, Minnesota, in current months
The singer, 41, was discovered unresponsive in a room contained in the Berkman residences reverse the Mayo Clinic specialist remedy centre in Rochester, Minnesota on August 11. He had checked in utilizing the identify of Butler’s girlfriend Morgan Brown (pic), a supply there mentioned
The Berkman, seen final evening, is billed as Rochester’s ‘premier handle for elegant brief time period and long-term furnished suites’
It’s described as Rochester’s ‘premier handle for elegant short-term and long-term furnished suites and residential dwelling’.
Nearly all of those that stay within the condo block, which has round 270 long-term leases and 75 short-term or nightly leases, both work or are handled on the Mayo Clinic’s Saint Mary’s Campus.
The medical facility, which opened in 1889, has 70 working rooms, ten intensive care models and 1,265 beds and specialises in cardiac remedy, transplants, psychiatry, neurosurgery and rehabilitation.
A police spokesman mentioned: ‘The investigation into the reason for his dying remains to be pending. There isn’t any identified risk to the general public.’
A heartbreaking police dispatch name revealed the second the star was discovered unresponsive within the condo block.
Rochester Police Division mentioned it responded to a ‘deceased individual name’ at 11.53am on August 11 at The Berkman, and the Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Workplace recognized the individual as Darius.
The household of Scots Pop Idol contestant Darius Campbell Danesh might face an agonising two-month wait to seek out out the reason for his dying. Pictured along with his ex-wife Natasha Henstridge and her two sons
The West Finish star was discovered unresponsive in a US condo reverse the Mayo Clinic specialist remedy centre (pictured) on August 11. File picture
In response to experiences, a dispatch name was positioned when a ‘medical’ group was requested for a ‘attainable deceased’ individual.
One other name was allegedly made minutes later from an operator saying: ‘No want for them to reply. We’ll be ready for RPD [Rochester Police Department] to reach on the scene. We’ll safe the residence.’
Darius was thought to have been simply weeks away from a reunion tour along with his former Pop Idol co-stars, with sources near him claiming that he had been vastly ‘excited’ for the homecoming and UK comeback journey.
Stars of the present from internationally, together with Queen singer and American Idol winner Adam Lambert, had been on account of be invited again with Thames TV filming on the Criterion Theatre in London’s West Finish, reported The Solar.
The household of the Scots Pop Idol contestant might face an agonising two-month wait to seek out out the reason for his dying.
Native police in Rochester mentioned there have been ‘no indicators of intent or suspicious circumstances’ and are awaiting toxicology outcomes which might take as much as two months.
Darius lived within the US and had been in a relationship with Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge.
Pop Idol star Darius Campbell Danesh, pictured in Might 2018 at The Ivy Chelsea Backyard Annual Summer season Get together in London
Darius and Gerard Butler with the movie star hairdresser Taylor Ferguson
The couple married in 2011 on the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California, however had since divorced. His former spouse wrote in an announcement yesterday: ‘There are not any phrases Darius… solely Love Love Love. Ceaselessly Janam.’
A press release from Campbell Danesh’s household learn: ‘It’s with nice unhappiness we announce the passing of Darius Campbell Danesh.
‘Darius was discovered unresponsive in mattress in his condo room on August 11 and was pronounced lifeless within the afternoon by the medical experts’ workplace.
‘The native police division have confirmed that there have been no indicators of intent or suspicious circumstances. The reason for his sudden dying is unknown at this stage whereas medical examinations proceed.
‘We ask that you simply respect our needs for privateness right now while we come to phrases with the tragic lack of our son and brother.’
One of many final photos of Campbell Danesh in public was on June 11 as he walked a canine along with his buddy and fellow Scot, the actor Gerard Butler, in Malibu.
He’s mentioned to have been weeks away from a reunion tour along with his former Pop Idol co-stars which he was vastly ‘excited’ about.
Darius and Natasha Henstridge at a barbecue at The Challenge Seaside Home in Malibu, California, on August 9, 2008
Tributes poured in from throughout the leisure world, with Pete Waterman, who first met Campbell Danesh as a decide on Pop Idol, describing him as ‘the right individual’.
‘The phrase gentleman is overused however not in Darius’ case,’ he informed Good Morning Britain yesterday.
‘So quiet, so well mannered, so light, I suppose he was the right individual. So light. No cross phrases. He did not get indignant. Darius needed to do an excessive amount of. He had an excessive amount of expertise. Darius might have gone on to be larger than Michael Bublé.’
Simon Cowell, 63, led the tributes to the late singer he first met in 2002 when he completed in third place on Pop Idol.
The music mogul launched an announcement honouring the star who handed precisely 20 years after he topped the charts along with his critically-acclaimed single Colourblind.
Darius famously turned down a report deal from Cowell however the two have remained pleasant over time and reunited at an X Issue celebration and recording.
It was additionally revealed that the late star not too long ago visited Simon’s residence in Malibu for the night to attend the celebration and judges’ houses filming.
Cowell informed MailOnline: ‘I first noticed Darius on tv over 20 years in the past and I acquired to know him very well. He was charismatic, humorous and only a nice individual to be with.
‘His passing, for somebody so younger, is an absolute tragedy and my coronary heart goes out to his household and associates.’
Darius’s buddy pays tribute to Pop Idol star as she lays flowers at his household residence in Glasgow
An in depth buddy of Darius Campbell-Danesh right now paid tribute to the Pop Idol star as she laid flowers at his household residence in Glasgow.
Anne Ferguson mentioned she had ‘no phrases’ to explain her unhappiness on the Scottish singer and actor’s sudden dying.
Her movie star hairdresser husband Taylor Ferguson had labored with Darius for 20 years – and so they met once more and had been pictured collectively in March this yr when Darius visited his Glasgow salon with showbiz buddy Gerard Butler.
Anne Ferguson arrives to go away flowers at Darius’s household residence in Glasgow right now
With tears working down her face, Mrs Ferguson informed MailOnline right now: ‘It is simply so terrible. There are not any phrases. I can’t describe how unhappy I really feel.’
Mrs Ferguson informed how she first turned associates with Darius after her husband reduce the younger performer’s hair forward of his first Pop Idol efficiency.
She mentioned: ‘My husband Taylor reduce Darius’ hair simply earlier than he went on Pop Idol and we stayed associates ever since.
Anne Ferguson and Darius at a trend occasion in London in 2011
‘His track Colourblind hit primary on the day of our son’s marriage ceremony however Darius nonetheless discovered time to come back to the marriage.
‘On Thursday we had been celebrating our son’s twentieth marriage ceremony anniversary and we performed Darius’ tune once more. I can’t imagine he died that very same day.
‘I ship all my like to his mum and pop and his brothers. It is so unhappy.’
Mrs Ferguson’s husband Taylor additionally paid tribute to Darius and informed how he was ‘devastated’.
In response to the Day by day Document, Mr Ferguson mentioned: ‘Devastated on the stunning information of the sudden dying of our dearly cherished buddy Darius. Solely 41. Our hearts are damaged. We knew Darius from again in his Pop Idol days and he turned a household buddy.
‘We celebrated our son and daughter-in-law’s twentieth marriage ceremony anniversary final Thursday. That date coincided with the twentieth anniversary of Darius getting his first primary with Colourblind.
‘Certainly Darius got here to the marriage and all of the friends toasted his chart success – and naturally we danced to the monitor.’