Nick Kamen Wiki – Nick Kamen Bio
Nick Kamen was a Model and singer, who has died, a friend of his family has confirmed to the BBC. The Essex-born star was known for appearing in Levi’s 501 adverts filmed in a launderette in 1985.
His music career peaked the next year with a top-five hit, Each Time You Break My Heart, written by Madonna.
His friend and fellow singer Boy George led the tributes on Wednesday, describing Kamen as “the most beautiful and sweetest man.”
He was 59 years old.
Nick Kamen Died
News of his death came after social media tributes arose on Wednesday, including an Instagram post by his friend Boy George, who shared a touching message, while Susie Cave took to the site to share a snap of her ‘dear friend.’
A special and unusual pop voice. And a great knack with melodies.
He deserved a far bigger career.
The poster boy for the 1980’s but both the ballad ‘Come Softly, Darling’ and ‘I Promised Myself’ remain classics. 🌹 pic.twitter.com/HzRxhdNO7L
— PAUL QUIN (@PAULQUINSINGS) May 5, 2021
Several social media users took to Twitter to pen tributes to the star, who was believed to be living in west London at the time of his death. The cause of his death is yet unknown.
The model made his appearance in the career-making Levi’s advert aged just 18 when he was first given the name ‘Nick’ – which he later adopted permanently.
In the iconic advert, he was seen stripping off and washing his clothes in front of a host of onlookers to the sound of Marvin Gaye’s 1968 hit Heard It Through The Grapevine.
The advert, which Roger Lyons directed, 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. They then joined forces on the track, and he became her protégé.
In a BBC radio interview in 1986, Madonna said she was inspired by Kamen’s ‘charisma’ and ‘beautiful voice,’ which led her to reach 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.
His music career spanned four LPs between 1987 and 1992.
Relation With Madonna
His relationship with Madonna hit the headlines in the Eighties while she was dating Sean Penn. It was claimed that she had cheated with Nick – an accusation she staunchly denied despite claims although he was made ”wildly jealous”.
Nick went on to have another public romance with famed wild child Amanda de Cadenet from 1999 to 2001. She was also linked to actor Keanu Reeves and Duran Duran’sDuran’s John Taylor.
After Boy George and Susie’s posts, fans flooded Twitter to respond to the news.
Fans wrote: ‘#NickKamen so sad ..handsome guy #hearditthroughthegrapevine great advert… Genuinely gutted to hear that Nick Kamen has passed away…
‘He walked into that laundrette, stripped to his boxers, Levi sales rocketed, we all swooned. When I ‘heard through the grapevine’ he had Burmese heritage, he became even more of an idol! RIP Broken heart’.
Nineties pop icon Kavana took to Twitter to write: ‘R.I.P Nick Kamen beautiful inside and out.