By Our Reporter
The artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s men’s wear collection and CEO of Off-White label, Virgil Abloh passed away on Sunday following a private battle with cancer.
According to a statement on his Instagram, Virgil succumbed to a cardiac angiosarcoma.
“We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend,” the caption said.
Some of hollywood celebrities have taken to their social media handles and paid their tribute and expressed their pain.
Hailey Bieber “Virgil completely changed the way I looked at street style and fashion, the way he looked at things inspired me deeply. I will never be able to fully express how grateful I am to have known him and worked with him, from walking on his runways to having him design my wedding dress and all the other amazing moments in between, I felt he was always rooting for me. He was someone who always brought life, charisma, love and fun to any situation, and every room he walked into. A once in a generation creative mind that is so rare and I’ll never forget his impact. We love you Virgil.”
“My heart is broken, Virgil you were a kind, generous, thoughtful creative genius, your work as a human and your work as a spiritual being will live forever, Sending love and light to your wife, children, family and day ones, you’re with the Master now, shine.”
Victoria Beckham “A true inspiration in so many ways. Rest in peace @virgilabloh. Sending love and light to your beautiful family ?? We will all miss you so very much x,”
Drake ” My plan is touch the sky 1000 more times for you….love you eternally brother, Thank you for everything”
In 2018, Abloh became the first Black to be artistic director of men’s wear at Louis Vuitton in the French design house’s storied history.
A first generation Ghanaian American whose seamstress mother taught him to sew, Abloh had no formal fashion training but had a degree in engineering and a master’s in architecture.
Abloh is survived by his wife Shannon Abloh, his children Lowe Abloh and Grey Abloh, his sister Edwina Abloh, and his parents, Nee and Eunice Abloh.