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Ghanaian-American designer Virgil Abloh dies, aged 41

Ghanaian-American fashion designer, CEO and founder of Off-White and creative, Virgil Abloh has passed away at age 41.

The designer was well known for his creative works with his own brand ‘Off-White’ and luxury brand Luis Vuitton. He also designed some of the iconic looks featured by ‘Wakanda’ actors, the late Chadwick Boseman and Micheal B. Jordan.

A post made on Virgil Abloh’s Instagram page by his family broke the news to the world saying that he died from a rare form of cancer that he had been battling for a long period of time.

The post said:

”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

Many celebrities commented on Virgil Abloh’s death leaving heartfelt messages for the family:

Designer Marc Jacobs commented,’ I am so sorry to read this. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones. May you Rest In Peace and Power dear Virgil.’

French Designer Millinsky said, ‘You inspired millions. Thank you.’

American rapper Lil Yatchy added, ‘Damn bro, love u virgil!!’

Jerome Baoteng‘ posted a picture of the designer saying, ‘I’m shocked. Rest in Power King.’