American designer, entrepreneur, and DJ of Ghanaian descent, Virgil Abloh, has died.
The death of the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection since March 2018 was reported on his personal page on Instagram.
Virgil who is also the Chief executive officer of the Milan-based label Off-White, died of cancer.
Read the announcement of his death below:
“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.
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.
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.
Louis Vuitton bag designed by Virgil Abloh.
September 30, 1980 – November 28, 2021”