Sad news: Kanye West favorite Louis Vuitton fashion designer Virgil Abloh, 41, dies after 2-year battle with rare cancer
Virgil Abloh, a great fashion designer for Louis Vuitton and for his own brand, Off White, died of cancer much too young at age 41. Abloh was a frequent collaborator and close associate of Kanye West, among others. According to reports, he had been battling cancer “for years.” Simply awful. Condolences to his family, friends and fans.
Here’s a 2017 interview with him in the NY Times.
His family posted on Instagram:
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 beloved wife Shannon Abloh, his children Lowe Abloh and Gray Abloh, his sister Edwina Abloh, his parents Nee and Eunice Abloh and many dear friends and colleagues.
For more than two years, Virgil valiantly fought a rare and aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma. He has chosen to wage his battle in private since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing many difficult treatments, while leading several important institutions that span fashion, art and culture.
Through it all, his work ethic, endless curiosity and optimism never wavered. Virgil was motivated by his dedication to his craft and his mission to open doors for others and to create pathways for greater equality in art and design. He would often say, “Everything I do is for the 17-year-old version of myself”, deeply believing 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 mourn and celebrate Virgil’s life.