Richard Buckley, the longtime partner of designer Tom Ford and fashion journalist, died on Sunday at the age of 72.

“It is with great sadness that Tom Ford announces the death of his beloved husband of 35 years, Richard Buckley,” Ford’s company said in a release. “Richard passed away peacefully at their home in Los Angeles last night with Tom and their son Jack by his side. He died of natural causes after a prolonged illness.”

Although born in New York, he grew up in France, Germany and the U.S. The journalist started his career at New York Magazine in 1979, working his way up through Women’s Wear Daily, Vanity Fair and Vogue. He eventually became editor-in-chief of Vogue Hommes International in 1999.

Buckley is survived by his husband, Ford, and their young son, Jack.

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