Gerard Butler pays tribute to ‘brother’ Darius Campbell Danesh after sad death

Gerard Butler, known for his Hollywood roles in Tomorrow Never Dies and Tale of the Mummy, has paid tribute to pop icon Darius Campbell Danesh after his recent untimely death.

Butler has visited Danesh just days before the former Pop Idol star was found dead on August 11.

The two Scots had formed a friendship within the months leading up to his death, when he was found unresponsive in his apartment in Rochester, Minnesota.

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The 41-year-old’s death still remains a mystery and the cause is unknown.

His new friend Gerard took to Instagram to share a touching tribute to the Colourblind singer and told fans that he was left “devastated” by the news.

The Hollywood star shared a picture of them together on a dark night, shrouded in a purple light as they gazed off to the side and beamed from ear to ear as they enjoyed each other’s company.

He wrote in the caption: “I am devastated by the sudden passing of my dear friend Darius, a true brother in arms. To those lucky enough to have met Darius for more than a few minutes, they were deeply moved by his infectious laugh and barely containable zest for life.”

The Olympus Has Fallen actor continued: “He was always armed with a smile, a booming voice and a genuinely warm embrace that few could resist – nor would they want to. He was an incredible talent, a singer whose voice touched your soul and an actor with great presence.”

Gerard went on to explain that Darius had “the heart of a lion”, which was “bigger and brighter than the sun” and had an “energy so contagious” that he could “light up a room in seconds”.

The actor admitted that his “heart aches heavily” and told his 3million followers that his close friend was “always constant in his passion for life”, but “a bigger constant” was the Pop Idol’s “dream to inspire others to better themselves”.

Gerard had nothing but praise for his dear pal and went on to honour his name.

He added: “He talked the talk but boy, did he walk the walk. He had such a purity of thought, a deep wisdom and constant gratitude for life, a compassion towards all.”

Butler is keen to keep Darius’ memory alive and spoke about how he will “beat his own drum louder” and “celebrate life”.


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