Virgil Abloh, the reknowned designer of Louis Vuitton menswear and founder of fashion label Off-White has died at the age of 41 after a private battle with cancer. This was announced by LVMH, the design house’s parent company.
The US designer first came to prominence as rapper Kanye West’s creative director but later made history as the first African-American to lead French luxury brand Louis Vuitton.
It has been revealed that he was diagnosed with cardiac angiosarcoma – a rare, aggressive form of cancer in 2019.
A statement from LVMH chief executive Bernard Arnault said: “LVMH, Louis Vuitton and Off-White are devastated to announce the passing of Virgil Abloh on Sunday November 28 of cancer, which he had been battling privately for several years.
“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.
“The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother or their friend.”
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