Virgil Abloh, the founder of fashion brand Off-White and the first Ghanian-American artistic director for Louis Vuitton, dies at 41. His passing was confirmed via a post on his verified Instagram account.
“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’s caption read.
Abloh had been battling cardiac angiosarcoma privately since 2019. “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.”
Tributes poured in for the designer, who was influential in the fashion and music industry. Harlem couturier Daniel Day, known as Dapper Dan, wrote on Instagram, “Losing Virgil is a devastating thing to happen to his family. My condolences to them.
Too young, too great, and too important to the whole world. Virgil’s life was a testament to how much Black Lives Matter by showing what black lives are capable of. His march took him to the top of luxury fashion. Virgil started out as a foot soldier but died a general.”
British Vogue editor Edward Enninful posted on Instagram, “Virgil Abloh changed the fashion industry. Famously prolific, he always worked for a greater cause than his own illustrious career: to open the door to art and fashion for future generations, so that they – unlike himself – would grow up in a creative world with people to mirror themselves in. Virgil believed that anything was possible for humankind, if only we could tear ourselves away from unconscious biases and norms and reassume the imagination we had as children. His achievements won’t just live on. They will continue to evolve, because we are only seeing the beginning of his impact on the creative industries and surrounding world. My thoughts are with his family and all those who loved him. Rest in peace, Virgil, a giant among men.”
It is clear that Virgil Abloh has left a mark on this earth, one no one will forget anytime soon.