On Sunday, November 28, a statement posted his Instagram account revealed that Virgil Abloh had passed away. Abloh was an entrepreneur and designer who designed Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection from 2018 until his passing. He was also the CEO of Off-White, a fashion house that he founded in 2012.
The Instagram statement read: “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.”
The post continued, saying, “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.”
They added, “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.”
The post concluded by saying, “We thank you all for your love and support, and we ask for privacy as we grieve and celebrate Virgil’s life.”
Celebrities Offer Their Condolences
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Sick Luke commented “DAMN REST IN PEACE.”
Dennis Todisco wrote “you’ve changed the world. Thank you everything V. You’ll be missed.” He later took to Instagram to provide a longer, heartfelt message.
Daniel Arsham shared “LoVE YoU VIRGIL! You changed the world! You live in all your creations that surround us everyday.”
“Love you my brother,” said Rhuigi.
Phillip Lim wrote “this is just devastating. my condolences.”
Rich Wilkerson commented, “I love you so much Virgil. You changed my life in so many ways. I am forever thankful for your friendship. I will see you again. #divinedesign”
Marc Jacobs wrote “I am so sorry to read this. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones. May you Rest In Peace and Power dear Virgil.”
Dennis Todisco Offers Heartfelt Message
The man changed the world. Thank you for everything V. Absolutely devastated right now. https://t.co/VpekfXpZSt
— Dennis Todisco (@DennisTodisco) November 28, 2021
Dennis Todisco took to his Instagram page to share a heartfelt message:
Thank you for changing the world, V. What an impact you’ve truly made. What you’ve accomplished in your time on this Earth is something anybody creative can only dream of achieving 1% of. And you did it ALL at the absolute pinnacle. The new definition of what it means to be a Renaissance man. You challenged the status quo, tore down every kind of wall possible, and showed the kids that your wildest dreams can come true if you work hard enough for it. I can’t thank you enough for all the joy, inspiration, and leadership you’ve given us. You were always positive, patient, and curious. You were honest and real. You put so many people on. You made time for people. It was a sincere honor to have worked with you and call you a friend. Sending tons of love to your family, close friends, and millions you’ve touched. We lost a once in a lifetime person today. Thank you, Virgil. 💔
Louis Vuitton, GQ, & More Mourn His Passing
Even brands that Abloh had partnered with in the past took to Twitter in order to express their regret for his loss.
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
RIP Virgil Abloh 🕊 We are shocked and saddened by the death of the design polymath, who has tragically passed away from cancer aged 41.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time 🤍
— Dazed (@Dazed) November 28, 2021
The global GQ community is devastated to learn of the death of Virgil Abloh. Virgil was the consummate modern multi-hyphenate creative. He changed fashion and culture forever and opened doors to whole new generations. He will be missed. pic.twitter.com/N9tI69KInA
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) November 28, 2021