AFTER the announcement of the death of Louis Vuitton fashion designer Virgil Abloh, Kanye West (Ye) dedicated his Sunday office to him.
Ye’s choir covered Adele’s song, Easy on Me, in a performance dedicated to Abloh, which was broadcast live on dondalive.com.
The fashion designer was Ye’s longtime creative director.
Abloh died aged 41 after battling a rare form of cancer known as angiosarcoma of the heart.
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 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.
Abloh’s battle with cancer has remained largely private and out of public view.
Read our live blog Virgil Abloh for the latest news and updates …
WHO WAS VIRGIL ABLOH?
Abloh was a LOUIS Vuitton fashion designer, as well as an entrepreneur and DJ.
Abloh received a civil engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a master’s degree in architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
In 2012, he founded the Milan label Off-White and was its CEO until his death.
Abloh worked closely with Kanye West, now known as Ye, with TMZ suggesting that Ye was one of the few with knowledge of the Creator’s illness.
DRAKE PAYS TRIBUTE
Drake shared a tribute to Virgil on his Instagram page.
“My plan is to touch the sky 1000 more times for you… I love you forever brother, thank you for everything,” Drake wrote on Instagram.
‘JUST SAD ALL AROUND’
A Twitter user said the fashion designer was “far too young to leave this earth.”
“And he leaves behind a wife and two young children,” they wrote. “During the holidays, no less.”
“Just sad all around.”
VENUS WILLIAMS PUBLISHES A TRIBUTE ON INSTAGRAM
Sharing photos of the late fashion designer and her sister Serena, Venus posted an Instagram tribute to Virgil.
“I love it so much,” the tennis star wrote.
“I have always watched everything he does so closely and it has inspired me to be better at everything I do.”
“I never had the chance to meet him and wanted to do so this year @themetgalaofficial.”
“I thought I had more time, I didn’t know he didn’t have more time …”
OUTFITS DESIGNED BY VIRGIL FOR SERENA WILLIAMS
Fashion designed created famous designs on the court for tennis player Serena Williams.
VIRGIL DESIGNED ALBUMS
TIDAL shared a tweet from a video, showing albums Virgil Abloh designed or served as creative director.
HOW LONG DID VIRGIL ABLOH FIGHT WITH CANCER?
The fashion designed is said to have fought a rare form of cancer known as cardiac angiosarcoma, since 2019.
He secretly battled the disease and his sudden passing shocked many of his supporters who were unaware of his illness.
DIOR ‘DEEPLY SAD’
The luxury fashion company posted a tweet, in honor of Virgil.
“Maison Dior is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of @VirgilAbloh, a visionary genius of our time,” the company wrote in a tweet.
“Our deepest condolences go out to his family and loved ones in their time of mourning.”
“He will be sorely missed as a friend and a true designer.”
USHER PAYS TRIBUTE ON INSTAGRAM
The music star posted a tribute to Virgil Abloh on his Instagram page:
“Thank you my brother for everything you have given this world,” Usher wrote.
“You changed everything. You are the culture! ”
“That’s precisely what I meant when I said we have to thank those who are here while we have them, it’s important… you never know when they’re going to leave.”
“We will miss you my 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 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.”
“I am honored to have known you. Thank you for sharing your gift with us.”
HAILEY BIEBER WEDDING DRESS DESIGNED BY VIRGIL
Photos were shared on Twitter of the late fashion designer and Hailey Bieber in her wedding dress, designed by Virgil.
“JUST ONE YEAR AFTER CHADWICK”
Last year, Chadwick Boseman also died from a private battle.
One Twitter user said “the resilience these men must have had to face such difficult situations in complete silence, working to the end.”
BTS PAYS TRIBUTE
The South Korean boy band posted a tweet, paying tribute to Virgil Abloh.
“It has been an honor to work with you. A true creative genius,” BTS tweeted.
WHEN VIRGIL STARTED DESIGNING CLOTHES?
While studying architecture at university, Virgil started designing t-shirts.
At the time, he was also writing articles on fashion and design for a well-known blog called The Brilliance.
WHERE VIRGILE CAME 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.
HAS VIRGIL ABLOH KEEP HIS BATTLE AGAINST CANCER A SECRET?
When his death was announced in a statement from his team, they revealed he was battling cancer.
“He has chosen to endure 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 read.
WHO ARE VIRGIL ABLOH’S PARENTS?
The fashion designer’s parents are Ghanaian immigrants and moved to the United States 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 United States.
Virgil’s parents also have a daughter, named Edwina.
“In Rockford, Nee worked in a painting company and Eunice worked as a seamstress,” according to an article published by the New Yorker in 2019.
“Eunice taught Abloh to use a sewing machine, and at a young age he started designing t-shirts.”
WHAT IS VIRGIL ABLOH’S NET WORTH?
Virgil Abloh was estimated to have a net worth of $ 20 million at the time of his death.
GUCCI CRYING VIRGIL ABLOH
On Sunday afternoon, Gucci became the latest fashion powerhouse to release a grieving statement from Virgil Abloh.
FANS REMEMBER ABLOH’S ICONIC WORK
HOW MANY CHILDREN DOES VIRGIL ABLOH HAVE?
Abloh leaves behind two children.
He and his wife, Shannon, share a son, Gray, and a daughter, Lowe.
The family lives in Chicago.
WHO IS VIRGIL ABLOH’S WIFE, SHANNON?
Shannon, 40, is the US Program Director at Monster.
Shannon worked at Yahoo! as a media planner and account manager.
She was born in 1981 and holds a bachelor’s degree in management and marketing from Edgewood College in Wisconsin.
Shannon and Virgil met in high school and dated for 10 years before Virgil proposed.
They married in 2009 in Chicago.
ABLOH CRYPED AS “INSPIRATION”
OFF WHITE VIRGIL ABLOH
Abloh founded Off-White, an Italian luxury fashion brand, in 2012.
A year later, Ye, then Kanye, hired him to work as a creative partner.
Abloh has spoken in the past of how he was inspired by his friend’s “pioneer”.
“We are all children of Kanye’s pioneer,” said Virgil W in 2017. “This generation would not have had the freedom to cross genres without their passion for finding more than what has been delivered to them.”
ABLOH MADE HISTORY IN THE WORLD OF FASHION
In March 2018, Virgil Abloh made history when he took on the post 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 few black designers to run a major French fashion house.