Louis Vuitton designer Virgil Abloh dies of cancer at age 41 – .

Louis Vuitton designer Virgil Abloh dies of cancer at age 41 – .

The designer, who had worked as a male artistic director at Louis Vuitton since 2018, had been battling the disease privately for several years, French fashion conglomerate LVMH said on Sunday.

He is also the founder of the fashion brand Off White.

LVMH said in a statement: “LVMH, Louis Vuitton and Off White are devastated to announce the death of Virgil Abloh on Sunday November 28 from cancer, which he had been fighting in private for several years.

Virgil Abloh attends 2021 Met Gala
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The American designer first rose to prominence as the creative director of rapper Kanye West, but later made history as the first African-American to lead French luxury brand Louis Vuitton.
He was diagnosed with cardiac angiosarcoma – a rare and aggressive form of cancer in 2019, it was revealed.
Gigi Hadid and Justin Timberlake were among those who paid tribute on Sunday night.
Model Hadid shared a series of photos of them together and wrote: “I am heartbroken at the loss of my dear friend and friend of the world, Virgil Abloh. He was 1 in 1. ”
Justin Timberlake also paid tribute, writing, “What can you say when a force like @virgilabloh is taken too soon?
“You have given so much to the world in such a short time. And created with intensity… knowing better than all of us that life is short, but anything is possible.

Kanye West and Virgil Abloh after Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring / Summer 2019 show
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A message from Bernard Arnault, the CEO of LVMH, said: “We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a brilliant designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom.
“The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sadness, and we all think of those close to them after the death of their husband, father, brother or friend.


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