Off-White's founder and Louis Vuitton's Men's Artistic Director Virgil Abloh has died at 41 on November 28, 2021.
The devastating news was confirmed via the fashion designer's personal Instagram account. He has succumbed to an aggressive kind of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma, which was diagnosed in 2019 and he has since battled privately. "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," the post said.
Further, "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"
His eponymous brand also announced the sad news on Instagram: "Off-White™, New Guards Group and Farfetch are devastated to share the news of the passing of Virgil Abloh on Sunday, November 28th.
Davide De Giglio and Andrea Grilli “Virgil was a genius, a visionary but most of all he was family. There are no words to describe the loss that his passing leaves in our lives. His legend, his love and his spirit will remain with us forever. Thank you for changing our lives, Virgil. Rest in power, brother”.
Our thoughts go out to Shannon, Grey, Lowe and all the Abloh family."
Louis Vuitton also shared a post honoring the late designer, "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.
Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, said “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. 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.”
With the loss of a great talent, the fashion world mourns Virgil's passing, too.
His artistic director counterpart at Louis Vuitton, Nicolas Ghesquière called his passing "an unspeakable loss."
Kim Jones, the men's artistic director of Dior and the women's and couture artistic director of Fendi shared, "So sad to hear about the passing of dear Virgil one of the kindest people you could meet , many great times spent travelling the world and hanging out in hotel rooms working on the floor and going through Japanese magazines and laughing and talking about ideas … my thoughts to Shannon and the children and the rest of his family."
The women's artistic director of Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri also mourns on Instagram, "I am heartbroken by the news of Virgil Abloh’s passing. He was such a brilliant designer who has paved the way for many young creatives. My thoughts are with his wife and his two children."
Gucci's Alessandro Michele captioned his post of Virgil, "May your kindness illuminate the world of angels. Until we meet again."
Givenchy also honored the designer, "The House of Givenchy is profoundly saddened to hear of Virgil Abloh’s passing. The unique creativity and passion he brought to his many projects in fashion, art, and culture will be greatly missed. The House extends its sincere condolences to his family and loved ones."
Model Bella Hadid posted a carousel of her favorite photos of Virgil as she wrote, "I'm at a loss .. He was someone to everyone. That was the magic power he held. He made every person he came across feel special in whatever way he possibly could. Even when the world felt sad, he brought laughter and color and beauty. The way he made a positive impact on anything he touched, and always pushed for his culture/the world is the reason why he was an angel on earth and one to so many. The most beautiful warrior soul. I can’t believe this."
She continued, "You broke boundaries and made everything your own. You shared your love infinitely. The way your brain worked was beyond anything , and the way you did every single thing in life for your family, friends, and for the better .. . We’re gonna miss you a lot V . You really saw me and supported me on every level. As you did to so many of us. An ethereal light. You always inspired to keep pushing, work hard and be kind. No matter what. I’m thinking about, sending love and prayers to his beautiful Shannon, their kids, and the rest of the Abloh family. I’m devastated. You will be so missed and cherished V. “FOR INFINITY..” Fly high my Libra brother. I know you’re watching over the world now. I love you for life ."
May you rest in peace, Virgil. You are already deeply missed.
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