Richard Buckley, fashion editor and husband to designer Tom Ford, has died.
The 72-year-old “died of natural causes after a long illness” at his home in Los Angeles on Sunday night, representatives for Ford confirmed to People.
“It is with great sadness that Tom Ford announces the death of his beloved husband of 35 years, Richard Buckley,” the statement reads. “Richard passed away peacefully at their home in Los Angeles with Tom and their son Jack by his side.”
Buckley had a long career in fashion journalism, starting at New York Magazine in 1979. He continued at publications such as Women’s Wear Daily, Vanity Fair, Mirabella, and Vogue Hommes International.
He met Ford at a fashion show in 1986 and they went on to marry in 2014. They share an eight-year-old son, Alexander John Buckley Ford, who is nicknamed Jack.
In 2016, Ford opened up to People about meeting his husband, calling it “literally love at first sight.”
“Our eyes locked and within a month we were living together,” the 60-year-old said on The Jess Cagle Interview, noting that the two met in an elevator. “We have been together ever since… By the time that elevator landed on the ground floor I thought, ‘You’re the one.’ That’s it. Click. Sold. It was literally love at first sight.”
– Cover Media