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Strictly star Rev Richard Coles reveals family member has died of coronavirus

He lost his partner last December

Former Strictly Come Dancing star Reverend Richard Coles has revealed his sister-in-law has died of coronavirus.

The Church of England minister shared the sad news to Twitter on Wednesday (April 29).

He told his fans his sister-in-law Louise Coles "made lots of people very happy" including his late partner Reverend David Coles.

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Richard shared a photo of Louise alongside David, who passed away in December.

What did he say?

Richard wrote: "My lovely sister-in-law @lozaamandine died this afternoon with COVID-19.

"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."

Fans offered their condolences to Richard.

One person said: "I’m so sorry. You’re really being put through the mill at the moment."

After that, another wrote: "This is enormously sad; sending love and sympathy."

My lovely sister-in-law died this afternoon with COVID-19.

In addition, a third added: "Sincerest condolence for your loss. I will say a prayer for you and your family. Life can be very cruel."

Meanwhile, back in December, Richard was heartbroken after his partner David died.

The popular broadcaster, 58, shared the heartbreaking news via his Twitter  at the time.

Richard, who appeared in the 2017 series of Strictly, said: "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.

"'The Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.'"

Church of England priests Richard and David lived together in a vicarage in Northamptonshire.

The couple entered into a civil partnership in 2005, soon after Richard was ordained into the Anglican church.

Meanwhile, members of the Strictly family left messages of support.

Richard Coles appeared on Strictly in 2017 (Credit: BBC)

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2017 winner Joe McFadden said: "I’m so sorry to hear this darling Richard. Sending you much love. Here if you ever need me."

In conclusion, Richard's dance partner Dianne Buswell said: "I am so sorry to hear this. Sending all my love to you rev!

"My prayers and thoughts are with you."

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