Nate Estimada, the 25-year-old entertainer known as “The Midnight Cowboy” on the E! reality special Men of the Strip, died on June 18, People reports.
Estimada was a former Chippendales performer and a member of the touring male revue Men of the Strip, founded by 98 Degrees singer Jeff Timmons, who posted a tribute to Estimada on social media.
“I am heartbroken at the passing of my brother Nate Estimada,” wrote Timmons. “Nate was a gift to all of us, and will be missed not only personally as a friend, but as a member of Men of the Strip. My love, prayers and thoughts go out to his family, friends and loved ones. He will be missed dearly, and we will keep him in our hearts forever.”
The official cause of death has not yet been released, but TMZ reports Estimada’s car drove over a cliff near Los Angeles.
Men of the Strip’s Facebook page posted their tribute to the late Estimada: “Management & cast of Men of the Strip is extremely saddened at the loss of one of our own. Cast member Nate Estimada passed away on Wednesday, June 18th. We are heartbroken at the loss of our brother and friend and send our deepest condolences to his family, loved ones, friends and fans. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all at this time.”
The group was the focus of the E! “reality movie event” which premiered on June 1 on the network. In the special, Timmons and choreography Glenn Douglas Packard searched the country for men to join the strip show. Estimada’s profile on the group’s website is still active, but a performance of Men of the Strip scheduled for June 21 in Minnesota has been rescheduled.