Finedon vicar Rev Richard Coles announces the death of his partner

Rev Richard Coles has announced the death of his partner, Rev David Coles.

Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 9:47 am
Updated Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 12:03 pm
Rev Richard Coles has announced the death of his partner, Rev David Coles

Rev Richard Coles lived with David, 42, in their vicarage in Finedon.

He said in a statement on Twitter that David had died after a long illness and thanked Kettering General Hospital for their care.

Rev Richard Coles said: "I'm very sorry to say that @RevDavidColes has died. He had been ill for a while.

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Rev Richard Coles made the announcement on Twitter

"Thanks to the brilliant teams who looked after him at @KettGeneral.

"Funeral details to follow. "The Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended"."

In a reply, KGH said: "So sorry to hear this sad news. Please accept the condolences from everyone at Kettering General Hospital."

Before becoming a vicar, Mr Coles was a keyboard player in the 1980s band The Communards and is now a well-known broadcaster.

Rev Richard Coles appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2017 and co-presents Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4.

His dance partner on Strictly, Dianne Buswell, wrote on Twitter: "I'm so sorry to hear this. Sending all my love to you rev! My prayers and thoughts are with you x."

Others have been sending well-wishes to Mr Coles, including TV chef Nigella Lawson, who wrote: "I'm so very sorry for your loss and pain. Sending love."