The American entrepreneur has passed away on Sunday of cancer, according to a post from his verified Instagram account.
“We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend. He is survived by his loving wife Shannon Abloh, his children Lowe Abloh and Grey Abloh, his sister Edwina Abloh, his parents Nee and Eunice Abloh, and numerous dear friends and colleagues,” the post shared.
Virgil was here.
In loving memory of Virgil Abloh, Louis Vuitton pays tribute to the life and legacy of a creative genius with a presentation of his Spring-Summer 2022 Collection in Miami on November 30th at 5:30 pm (ET). pic.twitter.com/3QwXJRkfin
— Louis Vuitton (@LouisVuitton) November 29, 2021
The designer for Louis Vuitton and founder of Off-White has been battling a rare form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma, for over 2 years. He chose to keep it private since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture.
Louis Vuitton owned by the luxury group LVMH tweeted about his death “We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom,” said LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault
Virgil Abloh was a pioneer in music, art, and fashion. Most people don't know he was also ahead of the curve on Web3.
Shared with permission from his team, here is an early iteration of a DAO he envisioned.https://t.co/nb0hSmnAi9
— Fred Ehrsam (@FEhrsam) November 29, 2021
Abloh was born in 1980 in Rockford, Illinois, was also working with Kanye West, helping the artist’s image and DONDA line. Abloh founded the brand Off-White back in 2012, and a few years later in 2018, he became the men’s artistic director of Louis Vuitton.
The designer said: “I’m also honoured to use this partnership to deepen my longstanding commitment to expand opportunities for diverse individuals and foster greater equity and inclusion in the industries we serve. This is an incredible new platform to take the disruption we’ve achieved together to a whole new level”.
RIP Virgil Abloh , you will be missed.
It was an honor to work with you. A true creative genius.
— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) November 28, 2021
Virgil will forever be an inspiration amongst young adults with huge dreams. He was the first African-American fashion designer to make it so far and landed a major role in the luxury fashion industry.