Virgil Abloh, influential and pioneering fashion designer, dies at 41. Abloh is survived by his wife, Shannon, and their two children, Lowe and Grey.
Louis Vuitton artistic director and founder and CEO of fashion house Off-White Virgil Abloh has died. He was 41.
According to a statement posted on his Instagram page, the cause of death for Abloh was a “rare, aggressive form of cancer,” something he privately battled for two years.
“We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend,” the post reads.
Virgil Abloh Cause of Death
“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.”
The statement praised the designer’s drive, positive attitude, and commitment to inclusion and inspiring others in his professional ending with a quote from the late artist and a request for privacy to mourn his life.
“Everything I do is for the 17-year-old version of myself.”
Abloh founded high-end streetwear fashion house Off-White in 2013. In 2018, Louis Vuitton hired him as the artistic director of the menswear ready wear line, making him the brand’s first Black artistic director.
Abloh is survived by his wife, Shannon, their two children, Lowe and Grey, his sister Edwina and parents Nee and Eunice.