Rev Richard Coles tells of his sorrow as his partner David dies aged 42

17 December 2019, 08:53

Rev Coles, right, and his partner David who has died
Rev Coles, right, and his partner David who has died. Picture: @RevRichardColes

By Asher McShane

Reverend Richard Coles has told of his sorrow after the death of his partner.

Rev Coles announced the death of his partner David, 42, who had been battling a long illness in hospital.

The well-known clergyman, who appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, wrote online: “I’m very sorry to say that Reverend 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.

“The Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended”.

Strictly professional dancer Dianne Buswell, who was partnered with Richard in the 2017 series, tweeted: "I am so sorry to hear this . Sending all my love to you rev ! my prayers and thoughts are with you x"

Author Philip Pullman posted: "Richard, I'm so sorry to hear that. You have all my sympathy."

He entered a partnership with David after is was allowed by the Church of England in 2005.

The couple lived together with their dogs in their vicarage in Northamptonshire, according to Rev Coles's website.

They met in 2007 after a sermon and Rev Coles has spoken openly about their celibacy.

He previously told Christian Today. "Of course it has its challenges and sacrifices ... We live in good standing with the teaching of the Church, but I wouldn't wish that to imply that I saw that as a good and noble thing, because I don't, but it is currently where we are."