Virgil Abloh, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear and founder of streetwear label Off White, has died of cancer.
He was 41 years old and had been battling the disease in private for ‘several years’, according to a statement released by LVMH.
‘We are all shocked by this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer and a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom,’ said Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive of Louis Vuitton Moet Hennesey, the luxury conglomerate which owns Louis Vuitton and acquired a 60 per cent stake in Off White in July.
‘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 continued.