The fashion and entertainment world is reeling after hearing about the sudden death of fashion designer Richard Nicoll.

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Respected fashion designer Richard Nicoll passed away in his Sydney apartment aged just 39. A cause of death has not yet been released, but a source close to the designer said that he died from a suspected heart attack.

British actor Charlie Condou has paid tribute to the designer calling him his “first real love”.

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Taking to twitter the actor told fans that he was “devastated” to hear about the death of Mr Nicoll calling him “a beautiful man both inside and out.”

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In the heartbreaking tweet, Charlie said that he missed him “terribly”.

Having graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2002, Nicholl’s work was widely admired and his entire graduate collection was bought by Dolce and Gabbana. He worked extensively with Louis Vuitton, Cerruti Paris and high street retailer Topshop.