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Virgil Abloh Dies of Cancer; Louis Vuitton and Off-White Designer Was 41

By Kiani Shabazz

Celebrated streetwear and high fashion designer Virgil Abloh of Off White and Louis Vuitton has passed away on Sunday morning (November 28) after two years of privately battling a rare form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma. He was 41. 

Both Abloh’s estate and LVMH took to social media accounts to announce the devastating news of the loss of the influential designer who is survived by his wife, children, sister, and parents. 

“We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend,” read the statement. “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."

Abloh, who served as artistic director at Lous Vuitton and CEO of Off-White, has been an integral part of hip-hop culture as a creative director and leader in the streetwear fashion world. Working with the likes of Kanye West, Watch The Throne, A$AP Rocky, and countless other artists. 

Our prayers and condolences go out to Virgil Abloh’s family, friends, and loved ones. Rest in power to a creative visionary.