Designer Tom Ford (L) and Richard Buckley appear onstage at the 2014 CFDA fashion awards (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Richard Buckley, fashion editor and Tom Ford’s partner of 35 years, has died at age 72 at his home in Los Angeles. Buckley started his career in 1979 for New York Magazine as a fashion journalist and moved on to work for Vanity Fair and was editor-in-chief for Vogue Hommes International amongst a diverse portfolio working for various other publications.

“It is with great sadness that Tom Ford announces the death of his beloved husband of 35 years, Richard Buckley,” Tom Ford 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.”

Born in 1948 in Binghamton, New York, Buckley spent time growing up in the United States, France and Germany. He met Ford in 1986 and they married in 2014, with their son Jack being born in 2012. Buckley attended the University of Maryland in Munich, Germany and went on to initially work for New York Magazine. He worked under fashion editors John B. Fairchild, Tina Brown, and Grace Mirabella. In 1999, Buckley was given the role of editor-in-chief of Vogue Hommes International.