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Darius Campbell Danesh’s death at 41 ruled an accident from ‘toxic effects of chloroethane’
found unresponsive in his apartment in Rochester, Minnesota, on August 11 at the age of 41.Autopsy documents obtained by state Campbell Danesh’s cause of death was ruled as ‘toxic effects of chloroethane’ which had been inhaled, with suffocation having been cited to have contributed to his death. The Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office also ruled that the singer’s death had been accidental.Campbell Danesh’s family had earlier released a statement saying that the police had found ‘no signs of intent or suspicious circumstances’ at the scene.Their full statement read: ‘It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Darius Campbell Danesh.What is chloroethane and what is it found in?Chloroethane, also known as ethyl chloride, is a chemical used as a thickening agent and binder in many things including paint, cosmetics and more.It can also be used as a refrigerant, an aerosol spray propellant or anaesthetic. It can produce a cooling effect which is sometimes used in dentistry to diagnose whether a tooth is dead or not. It has also been used as a recreational drug.How dangerous is chloroethane?Chloroethane is a central nervous system depressant and can be fatal if inhaled in higher concentrations.
Pop Idol star Darius Campbell Danesh died from 'inhalation of chloroethane' aged 41
Darius Campbell Danesh died from "inhalation of chloroethane", the Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed.The singer and actor was found dead in his US apartment, in Rochester, Minnesota, last month at the age of 41.Autopsy documents obtained by the PA news agency listed “toxic effects of chloroethane” as well as "suffocation" as having contributed to his death.READ MORE: Darius Campbell Danesh 'weeks away from Pop Idol comeback' before tragic death aged 41The death was ruled an accident by the medical examiner.A statement released by Darius' family previously said local police had found "no signs of intent or suspicious circumstances".The Scottish singer-songwriter appeared on the first Pop Idol, which was won by Will Young, as well as Popstars.After Pop Idol, Darius turned down Simon Cowell’s offer of a record deal and signed with producer Steve Lillywhite, whose credits include U2 and the Rolling Stones.Fellow Pop Idol contestants Will and Gareth Gates paid tribute to the singer after his death was announced, describing him as "driven, courageous and gentle".In a heartfelt tribute, Leave Right Now singer Will wrote: "For the past few days my thoughts have been with Darius’s family and will continue to be so."I found this picture a while ago taken during Pop Idol. If there was ever an example of not giving up on your dreams then Darius is top of the pile."Driven, courageous and gentle.