Entertainment Virgil Abloh, Off-White Founder and Louis Vuitton Artistic Director, Dies of Cancer at 41
Virgil Abloh, Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton, died at 41 years
© Backgrid UK / Bestimage Virgil ABLOH, artistic director of Louis Vuitton, died at 41 years old this Sunday, November 28, Virgil ABloh, American stylist known for His work in the Louis Vuitton brand was carried away by cancer. sad news for the middle of fashion. This Sunday, November 28, Virgil Abloh died at the age of 41 , threaded by cancer. It was the artistic director of Louis Vuitton House. The stylist was known in particular for founding the Off-White brand.
has died after a private two-year battle with cancer. The artistic director for Louis Vuitton and Off-White founder was 41. Abloh's family confirmed the devastating news on the designer's Instagram Sunday morning.
"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," his family shared in their official statement.
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The entertainment and fashion world is in mourning following the devastating loss of fashion icon, Virgil Abloh, who lost his battle with a rare form of cancer. The designer was best known as artistic director of Louis Vuitton - a role which saw him make history when he took over from Kim Jones in 2018, as the first African-American to helm a luxury French fashion house - and the CEO of the Milan label Off-White. Virgil "valiantly battled a rare, aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma.
Abloh's family revealed that the designer was battling a "rare, aggressive" form of cancer,. The family noted that Abloh chose to keep his diagnosis private while he continued to his work in the world of fashion.
"For over two years, Virgil valiantly battled a rare, aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma. He chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture," the statement continued.
"Through it all, his work ethic, infinite curiosity, and optimism never wavered. Virgil was driven by his dedication to his craft and to his mission to open doors for others and create pathways for greater equality in art and design," the message notes. "He often said, 'Everything I do is for the 17-year-old version of myself,' believing deeply in the power of art to inspire future generations."
Hailey Bieber's touching tribute to the late designer of her wedding gown, Virgil Abloh
Hailey Bieber is among those who have paid tribute to the late Virgil Abloh, the revolutionary designer, who has died aged 41.The 25-year-old model wowed in a custom bridal dress by the Off-White founder - who has died aged 41, following a private battle with a rare form of cancer - when she tied the knot with 27-year-old pop megastar Justin Bieber.
His family concluded their statement by asking for privacy as they grieve Abloh while also celebrating his life and legacy.
"We thank you all for your love and support, and we ask for privacy as we grieve and celebrate Virgil’s life."
Luxury goods company, LVMH also shared the news of Abloh's passing on Twitter in a joint statement that included Off-White and Louis Vuitton, where Abloh served as the artistic director of the fashion house's menswear collection.
"LVMH, Louis Vuitton and Off-White are devastated to announce the passing of Virgil Abloh, on Sunday, November 28th, of cancer, which he had been battling privately for several years," LVMH shared.
"We are all shocked by this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer and a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom," Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, added. "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow and we are all thinking of his loved ones on the passing of their husband, father, brother, son and friend."
‘Visionary’ fashion designer Virgil Abloh dies aged 41
Tributes pour in for designer who brought streetwear aesthetic to luxury fashion and championed diversity and inclusion.Abloh, the American-born son of Ghanaian immigrants who became fashion’s highest-profile Black designer, also worked as a DJ and visual artist and had been at Vuitton since March 2018. He also founded the Italian luxury streetwear label Off-White, in which LVMH took a 60 percent stake earlier this year, and was a former collaborator with rapper and fashion designer Ye, formerly known as Kanye West.
LVMH, Louis Vuitton and Off White are devastated to announce the passing of Virgil Abloh, on Sunday, November 28th, of cancer, which he had been battling privately for several years.— LVMH (@LVMH)
Abloh founded the street wear label, Off-White, and served as’s longtime creative director before becoming Louis Vuitton's first Black artistic director in 2018, and one of the few Black designers at the helm of the French design house.
ET has reached out to Abloh's reps for more information on the designer's tragic passing.
Kim Kardashian posts sweet tribute to Virgil Abloh after death at 41 .
The 41-year-old mogul took to her Instagram to post a gallery of snaps of herself with the Louis Vuitton artistic director and his wife along with a poignant caption. Meanwhile her estranged husband Kanye West - who is longtime friends with Virgil and collaborated with him for years - deleted all posts from his Instagram after the death of his close confidant amid his secret cancer battle. © Provided by Daily Mail ( © Provided by Daily Mail ( Kardashian shared with her 266million followers: 'God doesn’t make mistakes. I know that but I still can’t help but ask why.