Reverend Richard Coles has confirmed via Twitter that his civil partner David has passed away losing a battle to a long-term illness. The couple, both Church of England vicars, had lived together in Northamptonshire. Rev Richard Coles is known for hosting BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live and appearing on Strictly Come Dancing. In the announcement he thanked the staff of the hospital who looked after his partner for the last days of his life. Quoting Isaiah 60:20, he added: “The Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.” The vicars had previously criticized rules requiring them to remain celibate to abide by Church of England rules on same-sex unions, which are not applied to heterosexual married priests.