Off-White founder Virgil Abloh dies at 41
Tributes have since poured in from artists like Drake, Bon Iver and Frank Ocean.
Posted on November 29, 2021
Virgil Abloh, menswear designer for Louis Vuitton and founder of streetwear label Off-White, died this weekend after a private battle with cancer. He was 41 years old.
The news was shared on Abloh’s Instagram account with a 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 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 leading several important institutions that span fashion, art and culture.
Abloh has created designs for various artists and celebrities, and he’s also responsible for some of the most iconic album covers of the past decade, most notably for Kanye West – Abloh designed the artwork for Yeezus, My beautiful twisted dark fantasy, Look at the throne, and 808 and heartache.
Since the unexpected news of his death, tributes have poured in from artists including Drake, Bon Iver, Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake and Frank Ocean, who shared a rare public post remembering Abloh on his Instagram.
On her Instagram Stories, Ocean wrote:
In 2018 I believe my name was V and asked him how it was possible to play hundreds of shows a year and do a lot of fashion collections a year and be a father and a husband and send the texts back from EVERYBODY with enthusiasm and emojis and encouragement and apparently. . with ease. I don’t remember how he answered verbatim, but I’m sure everything he said was quotable. He was still quotable. But the gist of his response was that he was interested in living and living to the fullest of his level… which turned out to be impossible today because he was BEYOND.
I’ll miss you. When Ryan went to his prom, you bought him pieces from your new collection at LV and he was GEEK. Couldn’t get him to remove it. When I went to Miami and you played a set on the beach in 2016, you played White Ferrari – a song with no drums or bass anywhere lol – and you started singing. When I played you some crappy demos that I was working on or showed you the way to Homer before he was ready, you put the drums behind my back. When my brother passed away, I never said anything because it was too much, but he really loved you and admired you. He went to fashion school and things. He wanted to be a designer. My family was proud of you like you were our family. I know heartbreak is love that you can’t seem to express, so this is an attempt to express it. I love you V. You are a hero.
See the full post announcing Abloh’s passing below.