Virgil Abloh, influential Louis Vuitton and Off-White menswear designer, dies at 41

The Off-White founder and first African-American to ever lead a French luxury fashion house had privately battled cancer for several years. He sadly lost his battle on Sunday 28th November 2021. He suffered from cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare, aggressive form of the disease, according to an announcement on his official Instagram page.

“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″

British Vogue editor Edward Enninful called Abloh “a giant among men”. He wrote: “Virgil Abloh changed the fashion industry. Famously prolific, he always worked for a greater cause than his own illustrious career: to open the door to art and fashion for future generations, so that they – unlike himself – would grow up in a creative world with people to mirror themselves in.”

Bernard Arnault, chief executive of LVMH, owner of both Off-White and Louis Vuitton, said in a statement: “Virgil was not only a genius designer – a visionary – he was also a man with a beautiful soul and a great wisdom.”

Goldie, Founder of Metalheadz and Drum & Bass pioneer wrote on his Instagram page: “losing this one is a lot, this one is soooo hard to swallow… not only was he a #SUPANOVA an unimaginable force of nature, he’s was also the most #humble creature I’ve ever met”

Everyone at Decoded Magazine sends love to his family and friends during this truly sad time.


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