Harlow pop star and model Nick Kamen dies
Entertainment / Wed 5th May 2021 pm31 12:34pm
HARLOW heart-throb pop star and model Nick Kamen has died at the age of 59.
YH understands Nick lost a three year battle with bone marrow cancer.
He died at his home in West London.
The Harlow-born model was best known for starring in a 1985’s Levis 501 commercial where he took off his blue jeans and white t-shirt in a launderette.
After the huge success of the campaign, pop icon Madonna reached out to Nick with the pair going on to collaborate on the hit Each Time You Break My Heart.
Following news of Nick’s death today, celebs including Boy George have spoken out in tribute.
The musician shared a throwback shot of Nick and wrote alongside it: “‘R.I.P to the most beautiful and sweetest man Nick Kamen!”
Nick was brought up in the Quarry Spring area of Harlow and went to St Albans Primary and St Mark’s comprehensive schools.
After leaving school he went straight into modelling. From Freemans catalogues, he soon went to the cover of magazines such as The Face.
The Editor of YourHarlow.Com, Michael Casey was in the same year between 1973 and 1978.
Michael said: “Nick, like the rest of his family, was talented, artistic, gifted, beautiful and most annoyingly, a really nice person.
“He had wonderful taste in music, a world away from the pop hits, with groups like Weather Report etc.
“We would walk to school most days between 73 and 78 and discuss Jaco Pastorius, David Bowie and a now obscure song called Pinball by Brian Protheroe.
“It was that bond regarding music that wasn’t in the charts.
‘The road we walked down was called Second Avenue but I remember Nick saying “One day I will walk down Fifth Avenue, New York. Nick had dreams and had aspirations.
“Any time you were in Nick’s presence, you would be discussing art, music, cinema. It was all about creativity.
“A talented sportsman, especially tennis and a talented scrum half in a rugby team that was the best in the town.
Even as a scrum half, funny how he never got dirty. Oh, and he was the only one in the cricket team with immaculate whites!
I know that all those in the class of 78 have nothing but kind words and good memories of Nick.
“He truly was a beautiful person inside and out.
“I think I can speak on behalf of everyone in our year group at school, that are thoughts and prayers go to Nick’s family”
I have falling love about him in these days reading his live and music. He broked and designe a new man style. Unique and inequeal