The designer and founder of Off-White dies of cancer at the age of 41
Virgil Abloh, Louis Vuitton artistic director and founder of Off-White, has died of cancer at the age of 41.
The American designer became known as the creative director of Kanye West, but later went down in history as the first African-American to direct Louis Vuitton.
Abloh left behind his wife, Shannon, and his two children.
He was diagnosed with cardiac angiosarcoma - a rare, aggressive form of cancer in 2019, but did not make the diagnosis public, reports the BBC.
Abloh was often hailed as one of the most influential designers in the fashion industry, but he was also a DJ and an artist, and had degrees in engineering and architecture.
LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault said: "Virgil was not only a genius stylist, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful spirit and great wisdom."
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. pic.twitter.com/CytwZLvSFu- LVMH (@LVMH) November 28, 2021