Virgil Abloh, visionary culturist, dead at 41 from cancer

Virgil Abloh, visionary culturist, dead at 41 from cancer
Virgil Abloh

Ghanaian-American fashion trailblazer Virgil Abloh, artistic director for Louis Vuitton and Off-White founder, died on Sunday, November 28, from a rare form of cancer. 

The sad news was confirmed by his family and shared from the official Twitter account LVMH. 

“LVMH, Louis Vuitton and Off White are devastated to announce the passing of Virgil Abloh, on Sunday, November 28th, of cancer, which he had been battling privately for several years.”

Virgil Abloh was an American fashion designer and entrepreneur. He was the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection from 2018 to 2021. Abloh also founded the Milan-based label Off-White in 2012.

According to a post shared to his verified Instagram account, the black designer, who transcended the heights of traditional luxury, died after a two-year battle fighting cardiac angiosarcoma, which blocks blood flow to the heart.

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“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.

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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 world mourns the loss of a legend. Rest in Peace, Virgil Abloh. Ghana is proud of you. 

By Grace Somuah-Annan||Ghana


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