Nick Kamen’s ex-girlfriend Amanda de Cadenet paid tribute to Levi’s launderette model following his death from bone marrow cancer aged 59 on Tuesday.
The Essex-born model, real name Ivor Neville Kamen, died at his £1million flat in Notting Hill, West London, and a swathe of celebrities, including Madonna, have shared messages remembering the ‘most beautiful’ man – including his former love.
Taking to Instagram, media personality Amanda, 48, posted a 1998 throwback image of Nick with her daughter Atlanta, now 29, who she shares with her ex-husband John Taylor, alongside a gushing caption.
Amanda and Nick, who knew each other since she was 14 before they began dating, embarked on a much-publicised romance from 1999 to 2001, after which he adopted a lower profile and was rarely seen in public.
Touching: Nick Kamen’s ex-girlfriend Amanda de Cadenet paid tribute to the late Levi’s launderette model following his death aged 59 on Tuesday
Amanda joined a legion of stars in paying tribute to the model, who gained iconic status when he stripped off for the Levi’s 501 advert in 1985.
In her own emotional tribute to her former love, Amanda penned: ‘So many feelings hearing that you are gone. This is a first for me. When an ex boyfriend dies. Feels odd posting anything on social media…
‘You weren’t even on this stuff. I have so many photos I have taken of you, but this is one of the sweetest and reminds me of how much you loved [Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor]. It’s from 1998. Reading all the tributes to you…
‘People sharing how kind you were, how talented and yes incredibly handsome. I think you would like most, but you would not like that the loudest take away was that you were in an Levi’s ad and worked with Madonna…
Happy timesL Amanda and Nick embarked on a much-publicised romance from 1999 to 2001, after which he adopted a lower profile and was rarely seen in public (pictured in 1999)
Rise to fame: The model made his appearances in his career-making Levi’s advert aged 18 when he was given the name ‘Nick’ – which he later adopted
‘So, I’m going to make sure we don’t forget that any notoriety you gained, was something you never embraced. It almost embarrassed you…
‘My experience of you, and our time together was that you spent much of your days making art, cooking,traveling, and chanting…
‘Your practice was the most important thing in your life, and I know that your last breath would’ve been Nam-myoho-renge-kyo . Hope you are with your beloved brother Barry now.’
Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō are words chanted within all forms of Nichiren Buddhism.
Happy couple: Nick and Amanda pictured at 1998 premiere of Rounders
Speaking to The Guardian in 2001, she said: ‘Nick’s the best-looking man I’ve ever seen, to me. There is never a time when he doesn’t look good. Never! Ever-ever-ever.
‘Which is great. Listen, I don’t see him for months at a time. So when I’m with him, I stare at him. You know? I watch my boyfriend while he’s asleep.’
Elsewhere, in her own poignant post, Madonna wrote: ‘Its heart breaking 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.’
Moved: In her poignant post, she wrote: ‘Its heart breaking 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’
‘It’s heart breaking to know you are gone’: Madonna paid an emotional tribute to her protégé and Levi’s launderette model Nick
Amanda’s daughter Atlanta is now a model/blogger/DJ.
Nick had battled back from the brink of death so many times that his family affectionately called him ‘Lazarus’ after he was first diagnosed with the cancer four years ago.
Despite extensive care, including stem cell treatment, he succumbed to the cancer after being in remission.
His tearful sister Denise Kent told MailOnline: ‘He was a real fighter. He gave it everything and was in and out of hospital. He never gave up and put up such a good fight It has been four years. A long time’
Claim to fame: Nick (seen here in the last available photo of him from 1995) was best known for his appearance in an iconic 1985 Levi advert
Denise, from Witney, Oxfordshire, who last saw her brother on Sunday, said family members would take it in turn to visit Nick at his London home and give his partner Lucinda some respite from caring for him.
Denise said during the four-year battle to beat the cancer, family members were convinced he would pass away.
But she said: ‘He would always fight back and would not give up. He came back so often we would call him Lazarus after biblical character. He really did fight so hard.’
A gold disc from Kane’s singing career hangs on the wall of Denise’s home, marking 250,000 sales of the single ‘I Promised Myself’ in 1990.
Romance: Kamen dated famous women including the actress Talisa Soto, who he is seen with at the Brit Awards at Grosvenor House Hotel in London, England on February 9, 1987
Comedian Matt Lucas summed up his status as one of the era’s most memorable sex symbols by tweeting: ‘If you didn’t have a crush on Nick Kamen in the 80s, you probably weren’t there’.
Boy George described the late singer as the ‘most beautiful’ and ‘sweetest’ man, while John Taylor of Duran Duran said on Twitter: ‘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’.
Amanda’s daughter Atlanta is now a model/blogger/DJ