Now Richard, 57, has told fans that the police have been called in after vile online trolls told him that 'David is in hell'.
Richard took to Twitter to tell followers that the police had called 'that evening' and that his 'hateful correspondence' was now 'evidence' in an investigation.
He tweeted: "Police called this evening, sympathetic and professional, and my hateful correspondence is now evidence. Thank you @NorthantsPolice."
Richard also thanked fans for their 'loveliness' but also informed them that a small minority of Christians had told him that they had hoped 'D is in hell and I will follow'.
He said: "The horrible letters: they don’t touch me. I am right now an expert in pain, the real kind, and these are paper darts among the incoming, and just leave me mildly curious about the state of mind of the writer."
Richard, who has been a Church of England priest since 2005, called the messages from trolls 'paper darts' and that they 'don't touch me'.
The BBC reports that Northamptonshire police are now investigating the messages and treating them as hate crimes.
We would like to reiterate to the public that there's no place in society for prejudice or for hatred.
"We would like to reiterate to the public that there's no place in society for prejudice or for hatred," a Northamptonshire police spokesman said.
"We take a zero-tolerance approach towards hate crime and would encourage anyone who has been a victim of hate crime to come forward and report it to us."
Richard also revealed that Northamptonshire police lit a candle in David's memory at its carol service.
Church of England priests Richard and David lived together in a vicarage in the county.
The couple entered into a civil partnership in 2005, soon after Richard was ordained into the Anglican church.