Virgil Abloh, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection, died Sunday
after battling cancer for several years aged 41, the fashion and luxury house’s French
owners LVMH announced.
Virgil Abloh transcended the fashion world and his untimely death at the peak of his
career sent shockwaves across the globe, with tributes pouring in from rival design
houses but also actors and sportspeople for a man seen as a deeply humane
“We are all shocked by this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a
visionary, but also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom,” LVMH chief
executive Bernard Arnault said in a statement.
“The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow and we are all thinking of
his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother or their
friend,” he added in the statement posted on LVMH’s Twitter account.