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Updated: Fashion designer Richard Nicoll dies aged 39

Fashion designer Richard Nicoll has died unexpectedly at the age of 39. 

His family confirmed that Nicoll passed away unexpectedly this morning in Australia, after suffering from a heart attack.

“Richard was one of the quiet stars of fashion,” his family said in a statement. ”He was a true gentleman, a wonderful friend and a much loved son.

“Anyone that had the privilege of knowing him knew that he had a heart of gold, an innate kindness, and a modesty and humility that sometimes didn’t allow him to acknowledge his own exceptional creative talent. He loved his life in Australia. He had recently confirmed a new role at Adidas and a collaboration with Woolmark, both of which he was excited about. We will miss his handsome face, his sense of humour and his love.”

The former London Fashion Week designer put his own label on hold in 2014 to join preppy young fashion chain Jack Wills. Nicoll left his position as creative director of the chain in January this year, after co-founder Peter Williams rejoined the business.

His family and friends are making their way to Australia, and have asked for their privacy to be respected at this difficult time.


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