Louis Vuitton and Abloh’s personal Instagram account confirmed his passing. It was revealed the Chicago native had battled cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer, for at least two years.
“We are all shocked after this terrible news,” Louis Vuitton parent company CEO Bernard Arnault said in a statement. “Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom. 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 is survived by his wife, Shannon, and his two children, Lowe and Grey Abloh, as well as his sister and his parents.