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Renowned Designer Virgil Abloh Passed Away On Sunday, 28 November At Age 41


Virgil Abloh, The American-born son of Ghanaian immigrants who became fashion's highest profile Black designer and the creative mind behind Louis Vuitton's menswear collections passed away 
on Sunday, 28 November at age 41 due to cardiac angiosarcoma cancer which he had been battling privately for several years.

Louis Vuitton confirmed the news through social media.

“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,”

The company wrote in a statement.

“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. The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother or their friend,” Louis Vuitton exec Bernard Arnault said in a statement.

Abloh founded the Italian luxury streetwear label Off-White, in which LVMH took a 60% stake earlier this year. He was a former intern and frequent collaborator with rapper and fashion designer Kanye West, who dedicated his latest Sunday Service to Abloh, according to billboard.com.

His arrival at LVMH in 2018 marked the marriage between streetwear and high-end fashion, mixing sneakers and camouflage pants with tailored suits and evening gowns. His influences included graffiti art, hip hop and skateboard culture.

An official statement from the family was also shared through Virgil Abloh’s 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.

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.

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. 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.

We thank you all for your love and support, and we ask for privacy as we grieve and celebrate Virgil’s life.

Virgil Abloh
September 30, 1980 – November 28, 2021

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Renowned Designer Virgil Abloh Passed Away On Sunday, 28 November At Age 41 Renowned Designer Virgil Abloh Passed Away On Sunday, 28 November At Age 41 Reviewed by Godwin Mungwadzi on November 29, 2021 Rating: 5

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