Virgil Abloh, Off-White Founder And Artistic Director For Louis Vuitton Dies Of Cancer At 41

Abloh's death was announced in a post to his verified Instagram account, as well as in a tweet by LVMH, the parent company of Louis Vuitton, where Abloh had been the men’s artistic director since 2018.

by GRIOT - Published on 29/11/2021

The prolific US-Ghanaian fashion designer and visionary artist has died Sunday November 28 of cancer. He was 41. 

“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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