Richard Buckley, fashion editor and Tom Ford’s husband, died at the age of 72.
According to a statement from Tom Ford’s office, prominent fashion editor and journalist Richard Buckley “died of natural causes after a long illness,”
Richard Buckley, fashion designer Tom Ford’s husband and long-time partner, died recently. He was 72 years old at the time.
Buckley, a prominent fashion editor and journalist, “died of natural causes after a long illness” according to a statement from Ford’s reps.
The statement began, “It is with great sadness that Tom Ford announces the death of his beloved husband of 35 years, Richard Buckley,”
“Richard passed away peacefully at their home in Los Angeles with Tom and their son Jack by his side,” the statement continued.
Ford, 60, met Buckley at a fashion show in 1986, and the two married in 2014.
Buckley began his career as a fashion journalist in 1979 at New York Magazine. He went on to work for Women’s Wear Daily and Vanity Fair, among other publications.
He has worked as the European editor of Mirabella, a contributing editor for Italian Vogue, and the editor-in-chief of Vogue Hommes International.
Buckley and Ford lived in London, New York, and Santa Fe in recent years. Alexander John Buckley Ford, the couple’s kid, is eight years old.
Ford, the designer and director of A Single Man, told PEOPLE in 2016 about the first time he met and fell in love with his husband.
During an appearance on The Jess Cagle Interview, he stated, “Our eyes locked and within a month we were living together,” “We have been together ever since.”
Ford stated he remembered the first time he met Buckley “vividly” even after three decades. They were travelling in the same elevator, and it didn’t take long for their connection to become apparent. Ford stated at the conclusion of the ride that he knew he would spend the rest of his life with Buckley.
“By the time that elevator landed on the ground floor I thought, ‘You’re the one.’ That’s it. Click. Sold,” he said. “It was literally love at first sight.”