It’s with shock and sadness that I report Virgil Abloh has passed away.
The world-renowned fashion designer, artistic director for Louis Vuitton, and Off-White founder died on Sunday, November 28 after privately cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer.
Virgil’s family announced his passing with an official statement posted on his Instagram page.
The statement reads:
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.
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.
September 30, 1980 – November 28, 2021
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My sincerest condolences to the Abloh family and all who knew and loved Virgil.
May he Rest In Peace and Power.