Actors, musicians, creators and fashion brands are among those who welcome forward-thinking designer Virgil Abloh, who died Sunday at age 41 after a private battle with a rare form of heart cancer.
Lenny Kravitz, Reese Ahmed and Kevin The Abstractionist of Brockhampton pay tribute to Abloh, the pioneering founder of the luxury fashion brand Off-White and the first black art director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection.
“We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a devoted father, husband, son, brother and friend,” Abloh’s official Instagram page said Sunday.
“For more than two years, Virgil has fought valiantly against a rare and aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma,” the statement said. “Since his diagnosis in 2019, he has chosen to wage his battle privately, undergoing many complex procedures, while managing several significant institutions that span fashion, art and culture.
“Despite all this, his work ethic, boundless curiosity and optimism have not faltered. Virgil was driven by his dedication to his cause and his mission to open doors to others and create paths to greater equality in art and design. “
Off-White and Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy have posted their own statements on social media, praising the respected creator for his “genius”, “beautiful soul” and “great wisdom.”
On Twitter, Sound of Metal rapper and actor Ahmed thanked Abloh for “everything you have done to support so many people and how you have pushed us to rethink what is possible.” Rock musician Kravitz shared a snapshot of Abloh modeling an Off-White sweatshirt.
“Rest in strength” Ahmed tweeted… “[G]one too early, but your legacy is alive. The extended culture and the rules of the game have changed. “
“Rest in might, king” Kravitz echoed… “You left an indelible mark on this world.”
The rapper Abstract of the hip-hop group Brockhampton called Abloh “one of the most influential people.” [artists] of our time ”, which“ changed the culture forever ”.
“I am heartbroken” Abstract tweeted…
Another major fashion empire, Gucci, praised Abloh as “an immense mastermind” in a statement on Twitter, in which he expressed “deepest condolences” to the designer’s friends and family. Abloh is survived by his wife Shannon Abloh, his sister, parents and two children.
“He will be sorely missed, although his vision will live on the paths he has blazed throughout his career.” Gucci tweeted…
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