January 31st, 2011
02:56 PM ET
Designer Charles Nolan died Sunday after a battle with cancer.
The 53-year-old American designer worked for several prominent fashion lines, including Anne Klein, Bill Blass, Christian Dior and Ellen Tracy, and was noted for his sportswear.
He was also well known for his outspoken political beliefs and devotion to the Democratic Party. He reportedly left the fashion industry for a bit in 2003 to volunteer for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign.
Nolan’s partner of 16 years, financial writer Andrew Tobias, told CNN the designer died Sunday morning at his home on Central Park West in New York City. Tobias said Nolan had battled cancer since 2008 with the disease beginning as tongue cancer, which then spread to his liver and reoccurred in 2010.
A funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday morning at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in New York City, where one of Nolan’s brothers, who is a priest, will preside, Tobias said.
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