Fashion designer Virgil Abloh dies at 41 after privately battling ‘uncommon, aggressive type of most cancers’ for two years

Virgil Abloh, pictured here in July 2021, was diagnosed with cancer in 2019. (Photo: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)
Virgil Abloh, pictured right here in July 2021, was identified with most cancers in 2019. (Photo: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)

Fashion designer Virgil Abloh has died at age 41 after an extended, non-public battle with most cancers, the luxurious items group LVMH has introduced. In addition to founding the Off-White vogue home in 2012, the U.S. artistic expertise had served as inventive director of menswear for Louis Vuitton since 2018. 

On Sunday, Nov. 28, LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault issued a press release sharing that Abloh had died that day from most cancers, “which he had been battling privately for several years.”

He continued, “We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom. The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother or their friend.”

An announcement posted to Abloh’s personal Instagram account shared extra about his most cancers analysis.

“For over two years, Virgil valiantly battled a rare, aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma,” it learn. “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.

Born in Illinois to Ghanian parents, Abloh studied civil engineering and architecture before blazing new trails in the fashion world. After collaborating with fellow Chicago local Kanye West on various creative projects, Abloh founded Off-White and soon built a celebrity following with his use of typography. In 2019, he designed Hailey Bieber’s wedding dress, which featured “Till Death Do Us Part” in his trademark quotation marks on the veil. 

An artist and DJ as well as a designer, Abloh shared two children, Lowe and Grey, with wife Shannon.