Virgil Abloh, the first black creative director of French luxury brand Louis Vuitton, has died at the age of 41 after a battle with cancer.
On the 28th (local time), Louis Vuitton’s parent company, LVMH Group, and Off White announced that Abloh had passed away.
LVMH Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bernard Arnault said in a statement that “I am shocked that Virgil Abloh, a genius designer and visionary, with a beautiful soul and great wisdom, passed away.”
Abloh’s cause of death is cardiovascular sarcoma, a rare cancer that grows in the heart, and it is known that he has been fighting the disease since 2019.
The bereaved family said that since Abloh was diagnosed with cancer two years ago, he has received numerous treatments on his own, but he has not stopped working in art.
On the same day, Abloh’s Instagram account also posted a tribute to him. Abloh was appointed as the general designer of Louis Vuitton menswear in March 2018.
Abloh, who has influenced various fields such as graffiti, hip-hop, and skateboarding, has also delivered themes of racial identity and messages about inclusion and gender-fluidity through his fashion shows.
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