AFTER Louis Vuitton fashion designer Virgil Abloh’s death was announced, Kanye West (Ye) dedicated his Sunday service to him.
Ye’s choir covered Adele’s song, Easy on Me, in a performance dedicated to Abloh, which was live streamed at dondalive.com.
The fashion designer was Ye’s longtime creative director.
Abloh passed away at age 41 after battling a rare form of cancer known as cardiac angiosarcoma.
His death was announced via a post on his Instagram account. The caption read:
“We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend.”
The post continued, “He is survived by his loving wife Shannon Abloh, his children Lowe Abloh and Grey Abloh, his sister Edwina Abloh, his parents Nee and Eunice Abloh, and numerous dear friends and colleagues.
“For over two years, Virgil valiantly battled a rare, aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma. He chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture.”
Abloh’s battle with cancer was kept largely private and out of the public eye.
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USHER PAYS TRIBUTE ON INSTAGRAM
The music star posted a tribute to Virgil Abloh on his Instagram page:
“Thank you brother for everything you’ve offered this world,” wrote Usher.
“You shifted it all. You are the culture!”
“This is precisely what I meant when I said we need to thank those who are here while we have them, it’s important … you never know when they’re going to go.”
“You will be missed brother … Foreal!”
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE PAYS TRIBUTE
“What can you say when a force like Virgil Abloh is taken too soon?” the singer wrote on Instagram.
“You gave the world so much, in so little time. And created with intensity… knowing better than the rest of us that life is short, but anything is possible.”
“I’m honored to have known you. Thank you for sharing your gift with us.”
VIRGIL DESIGNED HAILEY BIEBER’S WEDDING DRESS
Photos were shared on Twitter of the late fashion designer and Hailey Bieber in her wedding dress, which Virgil designed.
‘JUST A YEAR AFTER CHADWICK’
Last year, Chadwick Boseman also died from a private battle.
One Twitter user said “the resiliency these men must have had to deal with such difficult situations in complete silence, working all the way to the very end.”
BTS PAYS TRIBUTE
The South Korean boy band issued a tweet, paying tribute to Virgil Abloh.
“It was an honor to work with you. A true creative genius,” BTS tweeted.
WHEN DID VIRGIL START DESIGNING CLOTHES?
When he was studying architecture in college, Virgil started designing T-shirts.
At the time, he also wrote fashion and design articles for a well-known blog called The Brilliance.
WHERE WAS VIRGIL FROM?
The fashion designer was born in Rockford, Illinois.
He died in Chicago, where he lived with his wife and two children, at the age of 41.
DID VIRGIL ABLOH KEEP HIS CANCER BATTLE A SECRET?
When his death was announced in a statement by his team, they revealed that he was battling cancer.
“He chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture,” read part of the statement.
WHO ARE VIRGIL ABLOH’S PARENTS?
The fashion designer’s parents are Ghanaian immigrants, and moved to the US in the 1970s.
Nee and Eunice Abloh gave birth to Virgil Abloh on September 30, 1980.
The couple met in Accra, the capital of Ghana. They then got married and moved to the US.
Virgil’s parents also have a daughter, named Edwina.
“In Rockford, Nee worked at a paint company and Eunice worked as a seamstress,” according to an article published by the New Yorker in 2019.
“Eunice taught Abloh how to use a sewing machine, and at a young age he began designing T-shirts.”
WHAT IS VIRGIL ABLOH’S NET WORTH?
Virgil Abloh was estimated to have a net worth of $20million, at the time of his death.
GUCCI MOURNS VIRGIL ABLOH
On Sunday afternoon, Gucci became the latest fashion powerhouse to release a statement mourning Virgil Abloh.
FANS REMEMBER ABLOH’S ICONIC WORK
HOW MANY KIDS DOES VIRGIL ABLOH HAVE?
Abloh leaves behind two children.
He and his wife, Shannon, share a son, Grey, and daughter, Lowe.
The family lives in Chicago.
WHO IS VIRGIL ABLOH’S WIFE, SHANNON?
Shannon, age 40, is an American program manager at Monster.
Shannon used to work at Yahoo! as the media planner and account manager.
She was born in 1981 and has a Bachelor’s degree in management and marketing from Edgewood College in Wisconsin.
Shannon and Virgil met each other in high school and dated for 10 years before Virgil proposed.
They got married in 2009 in Chicago.
ABLOH MOURNED AS ‘INSPIRATION’
VIRGIL ABLOH’S OFF-WHITE
Abloh founded Off-White, an Italian luxury fashion label, in 2012.
A year later, Ye, then Kanye, hired him to work as his creative partner.
Abloh spoke in the past about how he was inspired by his friend’s “trailblazing.”
“We’re all the children of Kanye’s trailblazing,” Virgil told W in 2017. “This generation wouldn’t have the freedom to cross genres had it not been for his passion to find more than what was delivered to him.”
ABLOH MADE HISTORY IN FASHION WORLD
In March 2018, Virgil Abloh made history when he took on the role of artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection, becoming the first African-American to lead the brand’s menswear line.
He also became one of the very few black designers to lead a major French fashion house.
ABLOH STAYED DEDICATED TO CRAFT DURING CANCER BATTLE
In the statement announcing his passing, Abloh’s team said that he never stopped putting everything into his work.
“Through it all, his work ethic, infinite curiosity, and optimism never wavered,” the statement said.
“Virgil was driven by his dedication to his craft and to his mission to open doors for others and create pathways for greater equality in art and design.”
ABLOH’S FRIENDSHIP WITH KANYE WEST
Abloh worked closely with Kanye West, now known as Ye, with TMZ suggesting that Ye was one of the few who had knowledge of the designer’s illness.
The two have reportedly been friends since around 2009.
But an alleged feud, which made it into some of Ye’s songs, derailed the friendship for years.
However, in 2018, the two appeared to reconcile and were seen posing together at the Paris Louis show that year.
MARC JACOBS ONE OF THE FIRST DESIGNERS TO COMMENT ON DEATH
Designer Marc Jacobs commented on the Instagram post announcing Abloh’s death: “I am so sorry to read this. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones.
“May you Rest In Peace and Power dear Virgil.”
TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR ABLOH
WHAT IS CARDIAN ANGIOSARCOMA?
The cancer that Abloh died from, cardiac angiosarcoma, is cancer of the heart, which can grow tumors on the outside surface or inside the heart’s chambers or tissues.
Angiosarcomas often form in the upper right chamber of the heart, and block blood flow from coming in and out of the chamber.
The blockages can cause swelling, oftentimes in the legs, feet, or abdomen. The veins in one’s neck may also expand or swell.
This tumor can also cause fluid to collect in the sac that surrounds the heart, resulting in symptoms like shortness of breath or heart palpitations.
VIRGIL ABLOH’S CANCER BATTLE
In a statement announcing his death, Abloh’s family announced that he was battling a rare type of cancer called cardiac angiosarcoma for two years.
“He chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture,” the statement said.
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