Nick Kamen, Levi's model and Madonna protégé, dead at 59

 Nick Kamen, the English model and artist who showed up in a renowned 1985 Levi's business, has kicked the bucket at 59 years old. 

A companion of the family affirmed his demise to the Dad Media news organization on Wednesday. 

The office said it comprehended that Kamen - conceived Ivor Neville Kamen - kicked the bucket on Tuesday night after a long disease

Kamen's friend and fellow singer Boy George led the tributes on social media, sharing a photo of the pair together on Instagram.

"RIP to the most beautiful and sweetest man Nick Kamen!" he wrote.

Following the news of Kamen's death, Duran Duran bassist John Taylor described him as "one of the loveliest and gentlest men I ever met" while sharing an old picture of late star.

Born in Essex, southeastern England, Kamen catapulted to fame when he appeared on the cover of "The Face" magazine in 1984, wearing lipstick, aviator glasses and a ski hat.

He became a global sex symbol the following year, when he stripped down to his boxers in the memorable 1985 Levi's 501 commercial, soundtracked by Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through The Grapevine."

After parlaying his popularity into a music career, Kamen collaborated with Madonna on the 1986 record "Each Time you Break my Heart." The track, from his eponymous debut album, was co-written by Madonna and Stephen Bray, and featured Madonna's backing vocals. It peaked at number 5 in the UK singles chart.


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