Tom Ford’s husband and partner of 35 years Richard Buckley dies, aged 72, of natural causes


Tom Ford’s husband and partner of 35 years Richard Buckley dies, aged 72, of natural causes

  • The 60-year-old designer-filmmaker and their eight-year-old son Jack were by the fashion journalist’s side when he passed away peacefully at their LA home
  • Ford originally met Buckley in 1986 at a New York fashion show and they wed in 2014 shortly after same-sex marriage was legalized in the States
  • Richard previously underwent surgery for throat cancer in 1989 


Tom Ford’s beloved husband – fashion journalist Richard Buckley – passed away peacefully, aged 72, from natural causes at their Los Angeles home on Sunday night.

The 60-year-old designer-filmmaker and their son Alexander John aka ‘Jack’ – turning 9 this Thursday – were by Richard’s side when he died.

Ford originally met Buckley in 1986 at a New York fashion show and they wed in 2014 shortly after same-sex marriage was legalized in the States.  

RIP: Tom Ford’s (L, pictured in 2017) beloved husband – fashion journalist Richard Buckley (R) – passed away peacefully, aged 72, from natural causes at their LA home on Sunday night

Richard – who underwent surgery for throat cancer in 1989 – was said to have grown up in the United States, France, and Germany before attending the University of Maryland in Munich.

Buckley worked for publications like New York Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, Vanity Fair, Mirabella, Italian Vogue, and Vogue Hommes International where he served as editor in chief.

The tastemaking couple also shared residences in London, Richard’s native New York and Tom’s Santa Fe hometown. 

Tragic: The 60-year-old designer-filmmaker and their son Alexander John aka 'Jack' - turning 9 this Thursday - were by Richard's side when he died (pictured in 2017)

Tragic: The 60-year-old designer-filmmaker and their son Alexander John aka ‘Jack’ – turning 9 this Thursday – were by Richard’s side when he died (pictured in 2017)

35 years strong: Ford originally met Buckley in 1986 at a New York fashion show and they wed in 2014 shortly after same-sex marriage was legalized in the States (pictured in 1997)

35 years strong: Ford originally met Buckley in 1986 at a New York fashion show and they wed in 2014 shortly after same-sex marriage was legalized in the States (pictured in 1997)

Richard - who underwent surgery for throat cancer in 1989 - was said to have grown up in the States, France, and Germany before attending the University of Maryland in Munich (pictured in 2014)

Richard – who underwent surgery for throat cancer in 1989 – was said to have grown up in the States, France, and Germany before attending the University of Maryland in Munich (pictured in 2014)

Ford was last pictured on September 13 serving honorary chair duties at the Met Gala alongside Adam Mosseri, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman, Anna Wintour, Timothée Chalamet and Naomi Osaka.

The CFDA chairman of the board launched his eponymous luxury brand in 2005, having previously served as the creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent.

Tom also received acclaim for writing, producing and directing the 2009 drama A Single Man and the 2016 psychological thriller Nocturnal Animals.

Newsman: Buckley worked for publications like New York Magazine, Women's Wear Daily, Vanity Fair, Mirabella, Italian Vogue, and Vogue Hommes International where he served as editor in chief (pictured in 2013 with Gwyneth Paltrow)

Newsman: Buckley worked for publications like New York Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, Vanity Fair, Mirabella, Italian Vogue, and Vogue Hommes International where he served as editor in chief (pictured in 2013 with Gwyneth Paltrow)

Super Bowl of style: Tom (R) was last pictured on September 13 serving honorary chair duties at the Met Gala alongside (from L-R) Adam Mosseri, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman, Anna Wintour, Timothée Chalamet, and Naomi Osaka

Super Bowl of style: Tom (R) was last pictured on September 13 serving honorary chair duties at the Met Gala alongside (from L-R) Adam Mosseri, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman, Anna Wintour, Timothée Chalamet, and Naomi Osaka

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