On Sunday night, the world lost a legend. Designer Virgil Abloh, recognised most for his popular streetwear label Off-White and as the Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton, has passed away at the age of 41 after privately battling cancer.
The news was first shared on the designer’s Instagram account with a message that read: “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.”
The multi-hyphenate genius – who was also a prominent figure in the music and design industries – chose to battle this rare form of cancer privately since his diagnosis in 2019, all whilst at the helm of several businesses that span across 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,” it continued.
“We thank you all for your love and support, and we ask for privacy as we grieve and celebrate Virgil’s life.”