Virgil Abloh has died after losing his battle with cancer at age 41.
“We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend,” Abloh’s family said Sunday in a statement.
“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.”
LVMH, Louis Vuitton, and Off-White shared in a joint statement that they are “devastated” by the news.
“We are all shocked after this terrible news,” said Bernard Arnault, Chief Executive Officer of LVMH, in the statement. “Virgil was not only a genius designer [and] a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and wisdom.”
Arnault added, “The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother or their friend.”
The famed designer was born on Sept. 30, 1980 and was known for his work as the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection, which he took on in March of 2018.
In addition, he also served as chief executive officer of the Off-White label, which he founded in 2012.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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