Fashion designer

Fashion designer Virgil Abloh has died aged 41

NEW YORK (AP) – Designer Virgil Abloh, a leading fashion executive hailed as the Karl Lagerfeld of his generation, has died after a private battle with cancer. He was 41 years old.

The death of Abloh was announced Sunday by the luxury group LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) and the label Off White, the brand founded by Abloh. Abloha was the designer of Louis Vuitton men’s clothing.

“We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a designer of genius, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom ”, declared Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of LVMH in a press release.

A statement from Abloh’s family on the creator’s Instagram account said that for the past two years, Abloh has been battling cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare form of cancer in which a tumor occurs in the heart.

“He has chosen to wage his battle in private since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing many difficult treatments, while leading several important institutions that span fashion, art and culture,” the statement said.

Abloh is survived by his wife Shannon Abloh and his children, Lowe and Gray.