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Madonna leads tributes to model and singer Nick Kamen, who has died aged 59

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Madonna has led tributes to the “kind” and “sweet” model and singer Nick Kamen, who has died at the age of 59.

A friend of his family confirmed his death to the PA news agency on Wednesday.

It is understood he died on Tuesday after a long illness.

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Kamen was considered a protege of Madonna.

The singer paid tribute to him in a tweet, writing: “It breaks my heart to know you are gone.

“You were always such a kind sweet human and you suffered too much.

“Hope you are happier wherever you are Nick Kamen.”

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Madonna (Aurore Marechal/PA)

Kamen, who was born in Harlow, Essex, first came to public attention when he appeared on the front of The Face magazine in 1984 wearing a ski hat, lipstick and aviator sunglasses.

The next year he starred in an advertisement for Levi’s in which he stripped down to wash his blue jeans in a public launderette and waited in his boxer shorts to the sound of Marvin Gaye’s 1968 hit Heard It Through The Grapevine.

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He launched a career in pop music in 1986 with the number five hit Each Time You Break My Heart from his eponymous debut album.

In a BBC radio interview in 1986, Madonna said she had been prompted to contact him after hearing his “beautiful voice”.

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She signed on to produce and sing backing vocals on the track and became a mentor to him.

Kamen’s second single, Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever, a cover of the Four Tops’ 1966 hit, was less successful but reached number 16.

Kamen’s music career spanned four albums made between 1987 and 1992, and a six-CD box set encompassing his career was released in 2020.

Boy George was among those paying tribute.

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He wrote on Instagram: “R.I.P to the most beautiful and sweetest man Nick Kamen!”

Actress Susie Cave shared a photo of Kamen on her Instagram Stories and wrote: “RIP Nick Kamen my sweet friend.”

The Great British Bake Off host Matt Lucas wrote: “If you didn’t have a crush on Nick Kamen in the 80s, you probably weren’t there. RIP”

Duran Duran bassist John Taylor said: “So so sad to hear of the passing of Nick Kamen.

“One of the loveliest and gentlest men I ever met.

“He was a beloved friend to my daughter and her Mom. We shall all miss him. RIP Nick”

TV personality Lizzie Cundy said: “Heartbroken. Beautiful inside and out. Rest in peace dear Nick.”

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