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Darius Danesh taking marijuana for pain relief as heart 'doubled in size' days before death | The Sun

SINGER Darius Campbell Danesh consumed marijuana in the days leading to his death after his heart "doubled in size".

The tragic Pop Idol star's body was discovered in a US apartment block last August.

The Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner revealed the Colourblind singer's accidental death was the result of inhalation of an over-the-counter pain relief spray.

And now weeks after the first anniversary of his death, fresh details of the Glasgow-born musician's passing have been released.

Following the conclusion of a report by cops in the US, the music star's family released a statement detailing how he'd been suffering in chronic pain which led to him taking a cocktail of drugs.

His heartbroken loved ones told how Darius used marijuana along with pain medication and chloreothane in a bid to block out neck pain which had been "getting worse".

But they said he had been in good spirits as he had dinner with friends just hours before he was found dead.

His family said they believe his heart condition was a major contributor in his death.

A family spokesperson told the Scotsman: "Darius had been suffering from severe nerve pain in his neck following car accidents in 2010 and 2021, which was progressively ‘getting worse’.

"He had taken pain medication, marijuana and chloroethane to manage the intensity of the pain prior to his death."

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“The night before Darius passed, he had dinner with close friends, who reported that ‘Darius was in a lot of pain, but he was in good spirits when he was with us’.

"They stayed together until the early hours of the morning and made plans to meet the following day.

"When Darius did not show up and could not be reached, the hotel staff were asked to check on him."

The music world was left in mourning after Darius – famed for arendition of Britney Spears' hit Baby One More Time – was found unresponsive at around 11.50am the next day.

An autopsy was launched which found the Scots performer's heart was "twice the expected size" which "may have contributed to his respiratory arrest”.

The singer's funeral was held in his East Dunbartonshire hometown three months later – as grieving friends and family flocked to pay their respects.

It is thought around 100 well-wishers attended the service at the musicians's local Bearsden Cross Parish Church.

Hollywood actor Gerard Butler was among the mourners after he was left devastated following his pal's death.

The Hollywood hunk described his close mate as a "true brother in arms" with the "heart of a lion".

Darius' coffin was piped into the hearse as a lone piper played Caledonia.

Locals described a heavy police presence with up to ten cop cars lining nearby streets.

Among those paying tribute was devastated fan Josh Bell, 23, who said: "I saw the police escort, there was lots of police – I thought something bad had happened.

"I went down and had a look and saw Gerard Butler, he was here. It was beautiful, everyone was out for him."

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He described a sea of mourners wearing flat caps – similar to the style Darius wore when he was last pictured.

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