Reverend Richard Coles has taken to social media to share the sad news that his mother died on Thursday evening (February 1). The 61-year-old media personality who first rose to prominence as a member of 80s chart-topping band the Communards took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to share his grief.
Alongside an image of his mum laughing on her wedding day, he wrote: “Mum died last night. Here she is on her wedding day, laughing. No mummy’s boy (hello) could have wished for more. RIP.” (sic)
Celebrity friends were quick to flood the comments with their condolences. Comedian and writer David Baddiel said: “Sorry to hear this Richard. May her memory be a blessing.”
Mastermind host Clive Myrie commented: “Sorry to hear that Richard.” Chef Nigella Lawson wrote: “I’m so sorry. May her memory be a blessing x.”
Fellow 80s popstar turned writer Tracey Thorn from Everything But The Girl chimed in: “So sorry Richard. Condolences xx.” Actress Carol Drinkwater shared her sympathies saying: My very sincere condolences, Richard. May she Rest In Peace.”
Meanwhile, surgeon turned BAFTA-winning writer of This Is Going To Hurt, Adam Kay shared: ” I’m so sorry, Richard. May her memory be a blessing.”
He recalled playing her Tom Robinson’s Glad to Be Gay four times before she said: “Darling, are you trying to tell me something?”
Her death follows a difficult few years for the star. In 2019 his husband David Oldham died from an alcohol related illness.
The couple, who were together for 12 years, were in a civil partnership and lived together with their dogs in a vicarage in Northamptonshire.
Richard frequently spoke with love for him and their life together, on his Radio 4 show: Saturday Live.
He announced David’s death following a lengthy illness on Twitter, thanking the “brilliant teams” who looked after him at Kettering General Hospital.
In an interview with Radio Times, Richard recalled the last happy moments they shared together.
“David’s death was actually full of comedy, which made me and him laugh when he was in a fit state to appreciate what was going on,” he said.
“Medics, undertakers and clergy have a black sense of humour, but I’m not sure it’s something for public consumption!” he said.