Virgil Abloh, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton and the inventor of the Off-White fashion label, died of cancer at the age of 41, according to reports.
LVMH, the parent company of the French fashion business, characterized Abloh as a “genius” and a “visionary” on announcing the announcement.
The American designer rose to notoriety as Kanye West’s creative director, but then made history as Louis Vuitton’s first African-American CEO.
Shannon, Abloh’s wife, and their two children outlive him.
He was characterized as a “fiercely dedicated father, husband, son, brother, and friend” in a message on his Instagram page.
In 2019, Abloh was diagnosed with cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare and dangerous form of cancer, but he kept the news to himself.
“Since his diagnosis in 2019, he has chosen to fight his struggle in seclusion, undertaking multiple challenging treatments while leading several key institutions spanning fashion, art, and culture,” the statement added.
“Through it all, his work ethic, his curiosity, and boundless optimism remained unwavering.”
Abloh was known as one of the most important fashion designers, but he was also a DJ, an artist, and a civil engineer with degrees in architecture and civil engineering.
“Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, but he was also a man with a wonderful soul and profound knowledge,” said LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault.
“The LVMH family stands with me in this time of immense sadness, and we are all thinking about his loved ones who have lost their husband, father, brother, or friend.”