Strictly star Richard Coles’ heartbreak continues as he reveals sister-in-law has died of coronavirus – The Sun


STRICTLY Come Dancing's Reverend Richard Coles revealed his heartbreak as his sister-in-law dies of coronavirus.

The Church of England minister paid tribute to Louise Coles on his Twitter on Wednesday evening.

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Rev Coles shared a photo of her alongside his late partner Reverend David Coles, who passed away in December. 

Richard wrote: "My lovely sister in law @lozaamandine died this afternoon with COVID19.

"She made lots of people very happy, not least @RevDavidColes, with whom she went on extravagant and unauthorised expeditions to her beloved North Africa. RIP, darling woman."

Rev Richard Coles, 57, is a Church of England priest and English musician who became a fan favourite on Strictly Come Dancing in 2017.

This sad news comes just months after his partner David Coles passed away from a long-term illness.

He announced this news on Twitter, writing: "I’m very sorry to say that @RevDavidColes has died.

"He had been ill for a while. Thanks to the brilliant teams who looked after him at @KettGeneral .

"Funeral details to follow."

He then included the Isaiah 60.20 passage: "The Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended."

Richard opened up about his grief in an interview with the Guardian last month, explaining: "After David died, there was a woman at the hospital who had been widowed, too.

"She said, 'You're going to be mad, for a while. People will never be as nice to you again as they are now, so milk it for all you can.'"

He added: "I've had to subtract David from the future and that has taken all the future with it.

"It's a bit blank. I think: 'What the f*** am I going to do? Play the accordion and go to bed at ten past six, I guess.' Of course, it's not the end of my life. But it feels like it's over sometimes."


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Rev Coles is most famous for being part of The Communards alongside Jimmy Somerville, who had been friends before joining the band.

He entered a partnership with David after the Church of England allowed it in 2005.

He formed the band with Somervillein 1984 after Jimmy left Bronski Beat and the pair played together for three years.

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