There are not many people as influential as fashion mogul and DJ, Virgil Abloh. Unfortunately, on November 28, 2021, we learned that Virgil Abloh has died after secretly battling cancer via a social media post.
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.
September 30, 1980 – November 28, 2021
The visionary was the founder and CEO of streetwear brand Off-White, making him a staple in every hypebeast’s closet. His creativity even led him to become Louis Vuitton‘s creative director, and was even the first African-American to do so.
Hip-hop culture is as much about fashion as it is about music, and Virgil Abloh was a quintessential part of both. His early collaborative relationship with Kanye West as well as his lengthy DJ career solidified his spot, garnering respect from all facets of the hip-hop community.
Virgil Abloh was a groundbreaker and an innovator with the Midas touch in every artform he dabbled in. His imprint on our culture will impact generations to come. The whole world is mourning the loss today, but our hearts are especially with Virgil’s loved lones.