Richard Buckley, husband of iconic fashion designer Tom Ford, has passed away overnight following a long battle with ill health at their home in Los Angeles. Ford was by his side along with their 9-year-old son Jack.

Announcing Buckley’s passing Tom Ford’s company said in a statement that “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 last night with Tom and their son Jack by his side.  He died of natural causes after a prolonged illness.”

Born in Binghamton, New York, Buckley grew up in America, France, and Germany. Buckley and Ford who first met in an elevator in 1986, were from that point practically inseparable.

‘He Really Chased Me’

“He seemed so together. He was so handsome, he was so connected, he was so grown-up, so he was very intimidating. And he really chased me — not that he had to chase that hard. It excited me but it also scared me, because I knew he was different and that whatever it was I felt with him was very different from what I’d felt before,” Ford said of Buckley in an interview with Out Magazine.  

Ford went on to say in the interview that at the time of their meeting they “had three dates before we had sex, because my best friend was in the hospital, dying from AIDS, and Richard’s best friend was in the hospital, dying of AIDS. So, we would have a date, and then he would go to the hospital, and I would go to the hospital; consequently, that was very much on our minds.”

A Formidable Fashion Editor

Marrying in 2014 when America legalised same sex marriage, their son Alexander John Buckley Ford (whom they call “Jack”) was born via a surrogate. in 2012.

Buckley himself a formidable force within the global world of fashion, was for a time editor of such publications as Vanity Fair,Vogue Hommes International New York Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily and Mirabella.


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Following Buckley’s passing a number of prominent figures began to post tributes online, led by godmother to their child and UK Fashion Designer Stella McCartney, who posted to Instagram: “To call Richard a dear and beloved friend is a privilege, and to know the huge hole left in your lives fills me with deep, deep sadness. He was so loved, so respected and so madly and passionately dedicated to you, Tom and Jack, that his life was fully complete.”

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