Reverend Richard Coles announces death of civil partner David

Reverend Richard Coles announces death of civil partner David who had ‘been ill for a while’ in heartbreaking tweet thanking hospital medical staff

The long-term partner of Reverend Richard Coles has died after a long illness, the star vicar revealed today.

Rev Coles, 57, who partnered Jimmy Somerville in the 1980s band The Communards before being ordained in 2005, said Reverend David Coles passed away having been ‘ill for a while’.

The celebrity vicar, who appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2017,  entered into a civil partnership with David after the Church of England allowed it in 2005 – but they were celibate.

The couple, who lived together in the vicarage of St Mary’s in Finedon, Northamptonshire, revealed the sad news on Twitter this morning and posted a moving picture of them together.

He wrote: I’m very sorry to say that Rev David Coles has died. He had been ill for a while. Thanks to the brilliant teams who looked after him at Kettering General Hospital. Funeral details to follow’.

He then quoted Isaiah 60:20: ‘The Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended’.