Designer Virgil Abloh passed away of cancer Sunday, Nov 28 according to a statement released by LVMH group the same day.
Abloh had been battling cancer privately for some time. He was the artistic director for Louis Vuitton Menswear Colletion and the CEO of the brand Off-White.
According to a post published on his official Instagram account, Abloh had been battling a very rare type of cancer for the past two years, cardiac angiosarcoma.
“For over two years, Virgil valiantly battled a rare, aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma. He chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture.
According to Hopkins Medicine, «Cardiac sarcoma is a rare type of primary malignant (cancerous) tumor that occurs in the heart. A primary cardiac tumor is one that starts in the heart. A secondary cardiac tumor starts somewhere else in the body and then spreads to the heart. In general, primary tumors of the heart are rare, and most are benign (noncancerous)».
In a Tweet, LVMH said “LVMH, Louis Vuitton and Off White are devastated to announce the passing of Virgil Abloh, on Sunday, November 28th, of cancer, which he had been battling privately for several years.
Abloh founded the brand Off-White in 2012, and in 2018 he was named the men’s artistic director of Louis Vuitton. LVMH acquired a majority stake in Off-White this July in an agreement that all sides hoped would begin a new chapter.