Fashion designer Tom Ford’s husband Richard Buckley has died at 72

Tom Ford’s beloved husband, fashion journalist Richard Buckley, passed away peacefully from natural causes at their Los Angeles home on Sunday evening.

A statement from the family announced the death reads:

It is with great sadness that Tom Ford announces the passing of his beloved husband of 35 years, Richard Buckley. Richard passed away peacefully at their Los Angeles home last night with Tom and their son Jack by his side. He died of natural causes after a long illness.

Specific details surrounding Buckley’s death have yet to be released.

Ford, 60, met Buckley, 72, at a New York fashion show in 1986. They married in 2014 shortly after same-sex marriage was legalized in the United States and have a son, Alexander John ‘Jack’ Buckley Ford, 8 years old.

The couple met when Ford, who took over the reins of Gucci before starting his own successful business, was just 25 and Buckley was 38.

Ford has previously described the meeting as “love at first sight”.

According to Ford, he and Buckley got on a New York elevator together and had an instant connection. Speaking about their relationship, Ford said in a 2016 television interview reported by People Magazine:

I’m an intuitive person, but also a rational person, and we were in an elevator and we went down about 10 floors and Richard was typing his eyes and talking a lot. And I just remember standing back and looking it up and down – taking it away – and the moment that elevator landed downstairs, I was like. It’s you ; that’s it; Click on! Sold. Our eyes met and within a month we were living together. We’ve been together ever since.

He claims that at the end of the ride he knew he had found the man he would spend the rest of his life with.

Three years later, in 1989, Buckley was diagnosed with throat cancer and underwent surgery. Although he was told it could be fatal, he got away with it and the couple’s luck changed for the better.

They welcomed their son, Jack, who will be 9 years old on Thursday, into their life in 2012. He was born to a surrogate mother.

Buckley was recognized in the professional community for his “supernatural ability” to spot the “next big thing” and had spotted several talented designers, musicians, actors and actresses just before they became stars.

He has also worked with several other world famous publications including Women’s Wear Daily, Vanity Fair, Mirabella, Italian Vogue and Vogue Hommes International where he was editor-in-chief.

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