Sufjan Stevens released his new album "JAVELIN" on October 6 and dedicated it to his late partner, Evans Richardson 

In an Instagram post, Stevens expressed his love and admiration for Richardson, describing him as an exceptional and precious individual 

Evans Richardson IV, who passed away at the age of 43, had previously worked as the chief of staff at Harlem's Studio Museum, which focused on African-American artists 

Sufjan Stevens had never publicly addressed his relationship status or sexuality until his social media post on October 6 

The cause of Evans Richardson's death has not been disclosed to the public 

The exact timeline of Sufjan Stevens and Evans Richardson's relationship remains unknown 

Stevens emphasized the importance of nurturing and cherishing love, especially when it's rare and extraordinary 

The singer also shared his personal insights on relationships, advocating for kindness, strength, patience, forgiveness, and authenticity 

Sufjan Stevens recently battled Guillain-Barré Syndrome and underwent treatment before releasing his album "JAVELIN 

Despite his health challenges, Stevens expressed his excitement about sharing new music and encouraged living life with fullness, grace, and gratitude