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How Designer and Off-White founder Virgil Abloh dies at aged 41

Virgil Abloh, the Louis Vuitton artistic director and founder of the Off-White fashion label, has died from cancer aged 41, it has been announced.

Virgil Abloh, the Louis Vuitton artistic director and founder of the Off-White fashion label, has died from cancer aged 41, it has been announced.

The Louis Vuitton artistic director and founder of the Off-White fashion label, Virgil Abloh has died from cancer aged 41, it has been officially reported.

Disclosing the news, the French fashion house’s parent company LVMH recounted Abloh as a

“genius” and a “visionary”.

The US designer came to pre-eminence as Kanye West’s creative director yet afterward made history as the first African-American to lead Louis Vuitton.

Abloh is survived by his wife, Shannon, and their two children.

A declaration on his Instagram page chronicled him as a “fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend”.

Abloh was diagnosed with cardiac angiosarcoma – a seldom occurring, militant form of cancer – in 2019, still did not make the diagnosis public.

“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,”

the statement read.

“Through it all, his work ethic, infinite curiosity and optimism never wavered.”

Abloh (R) came to prominence as Kanye West’s creative director

Abloh was frequently acclaimed as one of the greatest powerful designers in the fashion industry yet was as well a DJ and an artist, and had degrees in civil engineering and architecture.

LVMH chief executive Bernard Arnault said:

“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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