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Virgil Abloh, Off-White Founder & Artistic Designer For Louis Vuitton, Dies At 41


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.



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



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”.



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.