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Madonna protégé and Levi’s model Nick Kamen passes away at 59

BREAKING Madonna protégé and Levi’s model Nick Kamen dead at 59: Pal Boy George leads tributes to the star

  • The Essex born model, born Ivor Neville Kamen, was best known for his 1986 hit Each Time You Break My Heart and 1985 Levis 501 commercial 

Model Nick Kamen has passed away aged 59. 

News of the Levi’s star and Madonna protégé’s death on Tuesday night came after social media tributes arose the following morning when his friend Boy George shared a message on Instagram.

The Essex born model, born Ivor Neville Kamen, was best known for his Madonna-written 1986 hit Each Time You Break My Heart and 1985 Levis 501 commercial.

A number of social media users took to Twitter to pen tributes to the star and share his music videos, while Boy George posted an image of the duo. 

Sad: Model Nick Kamen has passed away aged 54 (pictured in 1990) 

Alongside the throwback shot, Boy George penned: ‘R.I.P to the most beautiful and sweetest man Nick Kamen!’

The model made his appearances in his career-making Levi’s advert aged 18 when he was given the name ‘Nick’ – which he later adopted. 

In the iconic advert, the model was seen stripping off and washing his clothes in front of a host of onlookers in a laundrette to the sound of Marvin Gaye’s 1968 hit Heard It Through The Grapevine.

The advert then caught the eye of many – including Madonna – who reached out to Nick leading to their collaboration, when she sent him a song she had written with Stephen Bray, which they then joined forces on.  

The model made his appearances in his career-making Levi's advert aged 18 when he was given the name 'Nick' - which he later adopted

The model made his appearances in his career-making Levi’s advert aged 18 when he was given the name ‘Nick’ – which he later adopted

A number of social media users took to Twitter to pen tributes to the star and share his music videos, while Boy George posted an image of the duo

A number of social media users took to Twitter to pen tributes to the star and share his music videos, while Boy George posted an image of the duo

An honour: The advert then caught the eye of many - including Madonna - who reached out to Nick leading to their collaboration, when she sent him a song she had written with Stephen Bray, which they then joined forces on

An honour: The advert then caught the eye of many – including Madonna – who reached out to Nick leading to their collaboration, when she sent him a song she had written with Stephen Bray, which they then joined forces on

In a BBC radio interview in 1986 that she was inspired by Kamen’s ‘charisma’ and ‘beautiful voice’, which drew her to reaching out to him.

After they were made acquaintance, Madonna volunteered to write and produce the song Each Time You Break My Heart, where she also makes a cameo , singing background vocals in the bridge of the song towards the end. 

News of the Levi's star and Madonna protégé's death on Tuesday night came after social media tributes arose the following morning when his friend Boy George shared a message on Instagram.

News of the Levi’s star and Madonna protégé’s death on Tuesday night came after social media tributes arose the following morning when his friend Boy George shared a message on Instagram.

Madonna protégé and Levi's model Nick Kamen passes away at 59

Madonna protégé and Levi's model Nick Kamen passes away at 59

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