Ghanaian-American designer Virgil Abloh dies at 41 after battle with rare form of cancer

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Ghanaian-American fashion designer Virgil Abloh has passed away at the age of 41. Abloh, who was Louis Vuitton’s first black art director, died Sunday following a battle with cancer.

News of her death was shared on her Instagram page. The statement reads as follows:

“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 beloved wife Shannon Abloh, his children Lowe Abloh and Gray Abloh , his sister Edwina Abloh, his parents Nee and Eunice Abloh and many dear friends and colleagues.

“For more than two years, Virgil valiantly fought a rare and aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma. He has chosen to wage his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing many difficult treatments, while also leading several important institutions that span fashion, art and culture.

“Through it all, his work ethic, endless curiosity and optimism have never wavered. Virgil was motivated by his dedication to his craft and his mission to open doors for others and create pathways for greater equality in art and design. He would often say, “Everything I do is for the 17-year-old version of myself”, deeply believing 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 mourn and celebrate the life of Virgil.”

Since March 2018, the name Abloh has been very popular in the fashion industry. The Ghanaian-born American became the center of attention when he was appointed Louis Vuitton’s new artistic director and gave major fashion brands a run for their money with the release of Off White, the brand of streetwear and luxury fashion that brought an avant-garde touch to the fashion game.

The successful designer and creative director then took bigger steps to launch his own exclusive brand starting with a jewelry line – a jewelry collection that was inspired by nothing but paperclips.

He said in an interview that one of his goals is to create a luxury yet affordable fashion brand for anyone who is drawn to the very different and avant-garde designs. Abloh has worked with big names such as Kanye West and Serena Williams and several other big fashion brands.


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