A tribute in memory of Nate Estimada (1989-2014)

Posted Jun 24, 2014 by Markos Papadatos
It is with deep sadness to hear about the passing of Nate Estimada, a lead performer from the male revue, "Men of The Strip," which is hosted by Jeff Timmons from 98 Degrees.
Nate Estimada from  Men of The Strip
Nate Estimada from "Men of The Strip"
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A San Jose, California native, Estimada passed away on June 18, after a tragic accident, at the age of 24.
Having had the privilege to get to know and interview Estimada for Digital Journal six months ago, on December 17 at Gramercy Theatre, New York, prior to their live show, I was very impressed with his hard work ethic and love for his craft, as well as the bond and strong connection that he had with his fellow performers/dancers of "Men of The Strip" and everyone around him, whether it was the fans or members of his team.
Affectionately known as the "Midnight Cowboy," Estimada truly was the whole package: a genuine individual with a chiseled physique, ripped body and warm personality. He had nothing but the kindest words for choreographer Glenn Packard and host Jeff Timmons, both of which he praised as "awesome" in my interview, and he had revealed that he was initially "starstruck," when he first started working with them.
He had immense talent in entertainment with his dancing skills, and the audience members would inevitably love him in return.
Most striking about Estimada is that he was a highly motivated and driven individual that would reach for the stars. He had aspirations of someday going into professional wrestling.
He really was a humble person that any woman would want to date or someday marry, or any guy would want to have as their best friend.
For his fans, his catchphrase was as follows: "The Midnight Cowboy loves you, and cowboy business."
A quotation that is quite appropriate for our beloved entertainer comes from the lyrics of this moving country ballad, "This Cowboy's Gonna Ride," by rising country singer-songwriter Justin Adams. "Just know when it's my time to go, When the Good Lord calls me home, This cowboy's gonna ride," Adams sings.
Rest in peace Nate Estimada. You will be missed.