Fashion designer Richard Nicoll has died of in Sydney at the age of 39.
It is suspected that he suffered a heart attack.
Actor Charles Condou took to Twitter to say he was ‘devastated to hear’ and wrote: ‘He was my first real love; a beautiful man both inside and out. I’ll miss him terribly.’
Nicoll was a Central Saint Martins graduate who burst onto the fashion scene in 2002.
He launched his namesake label in 2005 and his designs were worn by such famous actresses as Anne Hathaway, Julianne Moore, and Sienna Miller.
Nicoll closed his label in 2014 and said to The Telegraph at the time: ‘I needed a break. My sales weren’t going very well and the last couple of years have been super-stressful. It’s so different from how it was when I started and I’m just not sure if I’m signed up to what it has become.’
He was preparing to become creative director at Adidas in Germany in January.
Nicoll’s family released the following statement: ‘Richard was one of the quiet stars of fashion. 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 humor and his love.’