The fashion world lost one of the greatest in the current generation.
According to Fox News, legendary designer Virgil Abloh, 41, died after a private battle with cancer. The tragic news was announced Sunday in a statement by the luxury group LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy), and the Off-White label, a popular brand Abloh launched in 2013.
In addition to his own private streetwear line, Abloh served as the artistic director for Louis Vuitton’s menswear.
Reportedly, it was two years ago that Abloh was diagnosed with a rare cancer known as cardiac angiosarcoma. The fatal outcome of that particular cancer is typically a result of a tumor that eventually grows in the heart.
In the statement, it was revealed that Abloh made the decision to confront the disease privately, even while serving in a high-profile role at a major fashion company along with running his own brand.
“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 announcing his death read.
Another statement, written by Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive of LVMH, added: “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.”
Abloh didn’t get his start in the business in a traditional manner, having moonlighted as a DJ in Chicago while obtaining degrees in engineering and architecture.
A first-generation Ghanaian American, his mother, a seamstress, taught him how to sew, but other than that, he had no formal fashion experience to speak of.
In 2009, while working at a screen printing shop, Abloh would have a chance encounter with Kanye West, and would soon work with him as West’s creative director at LVMH brand Fendi. From there, his career took off, and soon became one of the best in the business.
On Monday morning, there was an outpouring of condolences on social media from family, friends, and countless celebrities who worked with and respected Abloh.
He’s survived by his wife and two children.