“Virgil was not only a talented designer, a visionary, he was also a man of beautiful soul and great wisdom”
DJ and designer Virgil Abloh has passed away at the age of 41.
The DJ and influential fashion designer from Louis Vuitton and Off White passed away today (November 28) after suffering from cancer for several years.
Abloh kept his diagnosis a secret and did not share any details of his illness publicly.
LVMH, the French holding company owned by luxury fashion brand Louis Vuitton, said in a statement: “We are all shocked after this terrible news,” said LVMH boss Bernard Arnault. “Virgil was not only a talented designer, a visionary; he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great intellect.
“The LVMH family is with me in this time of great sadness, and we all think of their loved ones following the passing of their husband, their father, their brother or their friend.”
LVMH, Louis Vuitton and Off White are devastated to announce the passing of Virgil Abloh on Sunday, November 28, which he has been grappling with privately for many years. pic.twitter.com/CytwZLvSFu
— LVMH (@LVMH) November 28, 2021
LVMH, Louis Vuitton and Off White are devastated to announce the passing of Virgil Abloh on Sunday, November 28, which he has been grappling with privately for many years. pic.twitter.com/9JkyCcBYXm
— Louis Vuitton (@LouisVuitton) November 28, 2021
An official statement on Abloh’s Instagram page read: “We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a staunchly devoted father, husband, son, brother and friend. In his family, his beloved wife Shannon Abloh, He has children Lowe Abloh and Gray Abloh, his sister Edwina Abloh, his parents Nee and Younes Abloh, and many dear friends and colleagues.
“For more than two years, Virgil bravely battled cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare, aggressive form of cancer. He has chosen to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing several challenging treatments, Running several important institutions spanning fashion, arts and culture.
“Through it all, his work ethic, endless curiosity and optimism never wavered. Virgil was inspired by his dedication to his craft and his mission to open doors for others and pave the way for greater equality in art and design. He would often say, ‘Everything I do is for my 17 year old version,’ while deeply believing in the power of art to inspire future generations.
We thank you all for your love and support, and we mourn Virgil’s life and we demand privacy. ,
You can read the full post here:
Artists from the music world, as well as fashion and design artists, are all paying tribute to Abloh online.
At the bottom of the post announcing the news of his death, fashion designer Marc Jacobs wrote: “I am very sorry to read this. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones. You rest in peace and strength dear Virgil. ,
Phineas tweeted: “Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Virgil Abloh.” He described her as “an inspiration and an inspiration to many”. of course an inspiration [to] Me. Sending your love to your loved ones.”
You can see many of the tributes here:
Very sad to hear about the passing of Virgil Abloh and certainly inspired. send your love to your loved ones
— fineness (@finneas) November 28, 2021
Very sad to hear about the passing of Virgil Abloh. Truly an incredible inspiration to many people including me. I always played down the fact that he went to college in Madison. He was very kind, polite but hungry and easy to talk to. What a great loss.
— Blobtower (@blobtower) November 28, 2021
Rest in peace Virgil Abloh. Solid human and great inspiration. Male.
— Alchemist Type Beat (@Alchemist) November 28, 2021
You never know what people are dealing with in private. Rest in Peace, Virgil Abloh.
— omen (@omen) November 28, 2021
This is very sad. A great man, inspirational and pioneer. This life really has no meaning. may you rest in peace virgil abloh https://t.co/n4zVo2Pq5u
— Michael Dapaah (@MichaelDapaah) November 28, 2021
Abloh debuted her first fashion show for Louis Vuitton at Paris Fashion Week in 2018 and joined several musical guests for the occasion including Kid Cudi, Dev Hines, Playboi Carty and Steve Lacey.
As Abloh came out to celebrate on the runway after her show, she and Kanye West shared a special moment when West emotionally hugged his longtime creative director.
The ideas that emerged from his role as creative director for Abloh West were first seen in Pyrex Vision, before he eventually went on to work on both Off-White and Louis Vuitton.
Abloh also continued his work as a DJ. Back in January, Abloh released a track with Serpentine Feet called ‘Delicate Limbs’.
This followed their appearances in Lupe Fiasco and Kellyanne Ellis’ “Shoes” last year and their remixes of Michael Kiwanuka’s “Solid Ground”.
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