Popular fashion designer, Virgil Abloh, the artisitc director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection has died at the age of 41.
A statement circulated by LVMH, comprising Louis Vuitton and Off-White on Sunday, November 2021, confirms that Virgil Abloh died of cancer.
Sadly, Virgil had been battling cancer for so many years which was not public knowledge.
Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH says he is devasted by the passing of Virgil Abloh describing him as a man of great wisdom.
“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,” the statement said.
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 2012, 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.
Virgil Abloh is survived by his wife, Shannon Abloh, and two kids, Grey Abloh and Lowe Abloh.