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Virgil Abloh - The Fashion Visionary Who Shifted The Culture - Dies Of Cancer, Kanye West Dedicates Sunday Service To Him, Celebs Pour Out Tributes

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Tributes are pouring in after it was announced Virgil Abloh - founder and CEO of Off-White & the first Black man to be an artistic director at Louis Vuitton - died after a secret battle with cancer. He was 41. More inside….

 

The fashion world has been rocked after learning one of its genius designers suddenly passed away.

Virgil Abloh - the founder & CEO of Off-White - died Sunday, November 28th of cancer, according to a post from his verified Instagram account. He was 41.

Much like the late Chadwick Boseman, the devoted father, husband, brother, son and friend was secretly battling cancer.

”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 post read.

”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.”

"Virgil Abloh September 30, 1980 – November 28, 2021"

The fashion visionary was known for his innovative work at Louis Vuitton (one of the oldest and most powerful luxury groups) as the menswear artistic director.

In March 2018, Virgil became the first Black man to become an artistic director at Louis Vuitton, and the third to lead a French luxury fashion house. It’s not every day a Black man is at the top of a French heritage house. It’s almost unheard of, so the fact that Louis Vuitton shook things up with some melanin magic was music to our ears.

He broke barriers, he shifted the culture and opened doors for young, Black designers in high-end fashion. 

Louis Vuitton is the largest brand in the stable of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. They released a joint statement following the announcement of Virgil’s death:

 

His brand, Off White, also released a statement:

Once news began to spread about his death, the tributes started pouring in.

Joining forces with musicians, Virgil also designed and was the creative director behind several of albums.

The former Fendi intern was also a longtime collaborator of Kanye West (now known as “Ye”). Recently, he worked as the rapper’s creative director for DONDA. He also designed some Kanye’s most iconic album covers, including My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Yeezus, as well as a cover for A$AP Rocky and others.

 

Not long after Virgil’s death announcement, Ye dedicated his latest Sunday Service to his friend.

 

 

He had his Sunday Service Choir help pay tribute to his friend. The choir did a rendition of Adele’s new hit “Easy On Me” with a gospel twist.

Special tributes from celebrities, fashion designers, fashion brands, and more have been pouring in. Check out some below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May he rest in POWER.

 

Photos: Getty/Instagram

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