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Founder Of Fashion Company ‘Off-White’, Virgil Abloh Dies Of Cancer

Founder Of Fashion Company ‘Off-White’, Virgil Abloh Dies Of Cancer

The founder of fashion company Off-White, menswear artistic director at Louis Vuitton, Virgil Abloh, has passed away at the age of 41 after a two-year private battle with cardiac angiosarcoma, a “rare, aggressive form of cancer.”

Abloh’s death was first confirmed by his labels over social media. A statement on Off-White’s page reads,

“Off-White, 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”.

According to the statement on Abloh’s official page, he elected to keep his cancer private after being diagnosed in 2019, undergoing treatments while continuing to work as one of the fashion industry’s leading voices.

Read the statement below,

“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.

“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”.

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