Renowned fashion designer, DJ and entrepreneur Virgil Abloh died at the age of 41 after battling cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare type of cancer.
Known for his pioneering work as Louis Vuitton's first black artistic director, Abloh's influence extended well beyond the boundaries of fashion and deep into the music industry. He was a prolific DJ, performed at many high profile music festivals and clubs, and worked frequently with Kanye West as the creative director for the hip-hop mogul's creative content firm DONDA.
As the son of Ghanaian immigrants, Abloh is revered as a trailblazer in the fashion industry, which is widely decried for its lack of diversity. CNN Style called him "one of the most powerful black men in fashion".
"For over two years, Virgil fought valiantly against a rare, aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma," said a statement shared on Abloh's Instagram. "He has chosen to endure his struggle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments while running several major institutions in the fields of fashion, art and culture."
"In everything, his work ethic, his infinite curiosity and his optimism never wavered," the article continues. “Virgil was driven by his dedication to his craft and his mission to open doors to others and create avenues for greater equality in art and design. He often said, 'All I do is for the 17 year old version of myself.' firmly believe in the power of art to inspire future generations. "
Marshmello, Nina Kraviz, Gorgon City and many more electronic music artists used social media to pay tribute to Abloh after his tragic death.
"That big hug, that big smile, that energy-energy-energy," tweeted Boys Noize. "Your heart has touched so many, always humble, always friendly, inspiration through your ears, eyes and hands. Your visions and creations have changed the world."
At worldmusic.blog, we extend our condolences to all of Virgil Abloh's family, fans, friends and loved ones.