We are very heartbroken to announce the passing of Off-white designer, Virgil Abloh at age 41. According to reports; he has been battling cancer for two years and he finally succumbed on the 28th of November 2021. Designer Virgil Abloh privately battled; “a rare, aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma,” a statement on his Instagram page on Sunday, November 28 reads. Until his death, Virgil was the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection; and the CEO of the Off-White label. Virgil was born to Ghanaian parents.
“We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend,” a message posted on the designer’s Instagram account stated. “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.”
Virgil Abloh Battled Cancer Privately
According to the statement, Virgil; “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.”
“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,” the message continued. “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.”
Bernard Arnault, the CEO of LVMH, in a statement, 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.”