Louis Vuitton’s Creative Director Virgil Abloh Dies At 41

Virgil Abloh, an American designer who is known for his master creative mind has passed away at the age of 41 after a private battle with cancer. Virgil Abloh is known to be the creative director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear and founder of Off-white fashion brand, think of dapper innovative designs, these are what the young American designer brought to the table in his time.

LVMH, the luxury conglomerate that owns Louis Vuitton and who recently became a majority investor in Off-White, posted to its social media channel on Sunday, Nov. 28  a post written by the LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault with the caption:

“LVMH, Louis Vuitton and Off White are devastated to announce the passing of Virgil Abloh, on Sunday, November 28th, 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. »
Bernard Arnault.”

Virgil Abloh Dies At 41


There was also a post on Abloh’s Instagram account that says: “We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend. He is survived by his loving wife Shannon Abloh, his children Lowe Abloh and Grey Abloh, his sister Edwina Abloh, his parents Nee and Eunice Abloh, and numerous dear friends and colleagues.” “[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.”

Vigil Abloh is known to be one of the top 100 influential people in Times magazine, in 2018, he became the creative director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear, and he went on to become the chief executive officer of Milan based fashion label – Off-white, a fashion brand he founded in 2012.

Virgil Abloh is also known for his iconic creative collaboration with Kanye West’s first label Pyrex Vision, Nike, Evian e.t.c.

The post on his Instagram continues to read: “Through it all, his work ethic, infinite curiosity, and optimism never wavered, Virgil was driven by his dedication to his craft and to his mission to open doors for others and create pathways for greater equality in art and design. He often said, ‘Everything I do is for the 17-year-old version of myself,’ believing deeply in the power of art to inspire future generations.”

“We thank you all for your love and support, and we ask for privacy as we grieve and celebrate Virgil’s life.”

“Virgil Abloh
September 30, 1980 – November 28, 2021”

Another post on off-white Instagram handle says:

New Guards Group and Farfetch are devastated to share the news of the passing of Virgil Abloh on Sunday, November 28th.

Davide De Giglio and Andrea Grilli “Virgil was a genius, a visionary but most of all he was family. There are no words to describe the loss that his passing leaves in our lives. His legend, his love, and his spirit will remain with us forever. Thank you for changing our lives, Virgil. Rest in power, brother”.

Our thoughts go out to Shannon, Grey, Lowe, and all the Abloh family.”

Many other brands and celebrities like Prada, Kim Kardashian e.t.c. also expressed their deepest condolences on social media.


By Lola Joseph