Nov 29, 2021,
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Virgil Abloh dies at 41

One of the world’s most prominent fashion designers has died of cancer 

Virgil Abloh, the founder of luxury fashion label Off-White and artistic director of Louis Vuitton, has passed away.

In 2019, Abloh was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer called cardiac angiosarcoma.

Off White, the eminent streetwear brand Abloh founded. Image Credit: Matthew Hamilton

Although this diagnosis came in 2019, he decided to battle the disease privately.

His death was announced by the French fashion conglomerate LVMH. 

The statement read: 

“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.”

Abloh came into prominence by starting Off White in 2012 in Milan, Italy. 

He became rapper Kanye West’s creative director and made history by becoming the first African-American to lead the luxury French brand, Louis Vuitton. 

Abloh had a huge impact on popularising Louis Vuitton. Image Credit: Joel Muniz

His presence in Louis Vuitton allowed the brand to reach a younger audience, combining streetwear with high fashion. 

Many notable figures paid tribute to Abloh, including Kanye West, Drake, Gigi Hadid, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and Pharrell.

Abloh is survived by his parents, wife and two children. 

Featured Image Credit: Cash Macanaya 

Written by Dovito