British model and singer Nick Kamen, known for being the “protected” from Madonna and count on his support in many of his songs, he passed away last night at the age of 59, after going through a long illness.
This was confirmed to the BBC by a friend of Kamen’s family. The model, whose real name was Ivor Neville Kamen, rose to fame after starring in a 1985 advertisement for Levi’s in a laundromat, in which he put on underpants while a group of women watched him.
This, and a soundtrack signed by Martin Gaye, helped increase the company’s sales and elevated Kamen as a “sexual icon” that caught the attention of the queen of pop, Madonna.
Captivated by the “charisma” and the “beautiful voice” of the model, as Madonna admitted to the BBC at the time, the American asked her to record one of the songs that was left out of her album “True Blue” and also did the backing vocals.
With “Each Time You Break My Heart” it reached the fifth position in the UK charts; and even reached number one in Austria and Sweden with “I Promised Myself” in 1990.
After knowing the news, some known faces and friends of Kamen echoed on social networks. An example is John Taylor, from Duran Duran, who assured that the model was “one of the kindest and most loving men” she had ever met.