Lifestyle Style Nick Kamen, Famous '80s Levi's Model and Musician, Dies at 59 Nick Kamen became an '80s heartthrob after starring in an iconic, steamy Levi's denim commercial By Kaitlyn Frey Kaitlyn Frey Instagram Twitter Assistant Style & Beauty Editor, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 5, 2021 12:23 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Getty British model and musician Nick Kamen has died at age 59. Best known for rocking a classic pair of denim jeans in Levi's advertisements in the '80s and co-writing the hit song, "Each Time You Break My Heart" with Madonna, Kamen died on Tuesday night after battling a "long illness," the BBC reports. After news broke of Kamen's passing, friends and fans began posting social media tributes remembering the star's legacy. "R.I.P to the most beautiful and sweetest man Nick Kamen!" Boy George wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of the pair. Getty Duran Duran musician John Taylor also remembered Kamen in his own Instagram tribute. "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- JT," he wrote. Join PEOPLE starting on May 19 for an exclusive shopping event with special deals, live tutorials and more from COVERGIRL and Sally Hansen. Register here for the live events and sign up here for deal text alerts during the 3-day event. British actor Matt Lucas tweeted, "If you didn't have a crush on Nick Kamen in the 80s, you probably weren't there. RIP." Kamen became an '80s heartthrob when he starred in a steamy Levi's commercial that featured him in a laundromat stripping down from his jeans to a pair of boxers. Getty According to EW, he caught the attention of Madonna, who helped him launch his own music career. Kamen went on to release his eponymous debut studio album in 1987, which Madonna wrote, produced and did backing vocals on. Madonna also sang backing vocals for the lead single, "Tell Me," on Kamen's second album, Us, which dropped one year later. "It's heartbreaking to know you are gone," Madonna captioned a photo of the two pictured in the studio. "You were always such a kind, sweet human and you suffered too much. Hope you are happier wherever you are Nick Kamen. 🙏🏼"