Abloh’s death sent shockwaves through the fashion world, where he is remembered not only for his influence on streetwear and sneaker culture with his brand Off-White, but also his success in revitalising Louis Vuitton after his appointment as head of menswear design in 2018. In July, LVMH bought a 60% stake in Off-White and gave Abloh a wider role, giving him the authority to create new brands beyond fashion. 

“We’re all shocked,” LVMH Chief Executive Officer Bernard Arnault said. “Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and a great wisdom.”

A post on Abloh’s Instagram account said that he had “privately” battled cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare, aggressive form of cancer, since 2019. 

Source: Bloomberg