Nick Kamen left behind £1.6 million in his estate after his death from bone marrow cancer aged 59


Nick Kamen left behind £1.6 million in his estate following his death from bone marrow cancer at the age of 59.

The former Levi’s model, who gained worldwide notoriety for his 1980s ads with the brand, named his partner, Lucinda Cary as ‘life tenant’ of the couple’s West London flat, according to probate documents obtained by MailOnline.

Nick died in May 2021 at his £1 million flat in Notting Hill after battling secretly battling bone marrow cancer for four years 

RIP: Iconic Levi’s model Nick Kamen left behind £1.6 million in his estate following his death from bone marrow cancer at the age of 59 (pictured in 1995)

Nick’s sisters and brothers were named among beneficiaries of the trust fund, while The Imperial Health Charity was given publishing and performing rights to his song Part.

All rights to Nick’s other materials were given publishing and performing rights to his song Part and rights to all other material went to trustees.

Nick had suffered from cancer for four years and was being nursed by his girlfriend, Lucinda before his death, according to his older brother, Ronald Kamen.

Passing: The former Levi's model, who gained worldwide notoriety for his 1980s ads with the brand passed away in May 2021 (pictured in 2019)

Passing: The former Levi’s model, who gained worldwide notoriety for his 1980s ads with the brand passed away in May 2021 (pictured in 2019)

Ronald told MailOnline: ‘His breathing was very shallow and he knew what was coming. He did fight it very hard. I was with him a few days ago.

‘We have been able to see him, but only one at at time due to the pandemic. That made things a lot worse but he did have the cancer before all the lockdowns.’

The Eighties pin-up was best known for starring in a 1985 Levis 501 commercial, in which he famously stripped off in a launderette – sending sales of the jeans soaring by 500 per cent as demand failed to match supply.

The advert made him a sex symbol and caught the attention of Madonna, who sent him a song she had written with Stephen Bray. The pair then joined together for Each Time you Break my Heart.

Supportive: Probate documents revealed his partner Lucinda Cary was named as 'life tenant' of the couple's West London flat, where he had lived for 15 years

Supportive: Probate documents revealed his partner Lucinda Cary was named as ‘life tenant’ of the couple’s West London flat, where he had lived for 15 years

Kamen dated famous women including the actress Talisa Soto and supermodel Tatjana Patitz. He embarked on a much-publicised romance with TV presenter Amanda de Cadenet from 1999 to 2001, after which he adopted a lower profile and was rarely seen in public.

The star’s brother, Barry Kamen, was himself a famous model and stylist who fronted the Eighties Buffalo youth culture scene. He died aged 52 on October 4, 2015, after suffering a heart attack.

Nick, 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.

Legendary: The Eighties pin-up was best known for starring in a 1985 Levis 501 commercial, and he went onto become a protegé of superstar Madonna

Legendary: The Eighties pin-up was best known for starring in a 1985 Levis 501 commercial, and he went onto become a protegé of superstar Madonna 

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.

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 was directed by Roger Lyons, led to a huge boost in sales for Levi and came forth in a countdown of the 100 greatest ads of all time.

It caught the eye of many – including Madonna – who reached out to Kamen, 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.

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

Music star: Kamen launched a career in pop music in 1986 with the number five hit Each Time You Break My Heart from his eponymous debut album

Music star: Kamen launched a career in pop music in 1986 with the number five hit Each Time You Break My Heart from his eponymous debut album

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.

In a BBC radio interview in 1986, Madonna said she was inspired by Kamen’s ‘charisma’ and ‘beautiful voice’, which led 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.

Suffering: Nick had suffered from cancer for four years and was being nursed by his girlfriend, Lucinda before his death, according to his older brother, Ronald Kamen

Suffering: Nick had suffered from cancer for four years and was being nursed by his girlfriend, Lucinda before his death, according to his older brother, Ronald Kamen

His relationship with Madonna hit headlines in the Eighties while she was dating Sean Penn.

It was claimed that she had cheated with Kamen – an accusation she staunchly denied despite claims although he was made ‘wildly jealous’.

Kamen 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’s John Taylor.

Singing with Madonna, a Disney soundtrack and THAT iconic Levi advert: Nick Kamen’s life and career  

April 15, 1962 – Born in Harlow, Essex as Ivor Neville Kamen.

1984 – Ray Petri featured him on the front cover of The Face, showing him wearing a ski-hat, lipstick, orange roll-neck sweater and aviator sunglasses.

1985 – Appeared in an iconic Levi advert, which saw him stripping off in front of women in a launderette. 

1986 –  Sang with Madonna on hit Each Time You Break My Heart in 1986.

1987 to 1992 – Produced four records, including a cover of the Four Tops’ 1996 hit Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever. 

1989 – He performed the song Turn It Up on the soundtrack to Walt Disney’s film, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.

2015 – Cherry Red Records released his debut album as a two-disc deluxe edition followed by the six-CD box set The Complete Collection in 2020. 

May 4, 2021 – Kamen died aged 59 following a long battle with bone marrow cancer.  

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