Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have reacted to Virgil Abloh’s death, where the fashion and designer house released a statement saying they are devasted by the news on Sunday.
Virgil Abloh’s death which was announced on 28th November 2021, shocked many, and one of those is the company, Louis Vuitton where he has worked as their artistic director for menswear collection since March 2018.
In a statement released by Louis Vuitton and Off White they also confirmed that Virgil Abloh died of cancer, which he had been battling privately for several years.
Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, said “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. The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow and we are all thinking of his loved ones on the passing of their husband, father, brother, son and friend.”
Virgil Abloh’s death was first announced by the family, in a statement released on his official social media on Sunday.
The family statement reads:
“”We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend. He is survived by his loving wife Shannon Abloh, his children Lowe Abloh and Grey Abloh, his sister Edwina Abloh, his parents Nee and Eunice Abloh, and numerous dear friends and colleagues,” the family said.
The statement continued:
“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.
Through it all, his work ethic, infinite curiosity, and optimism never wavered. Virgil was driven by his dedication to his craft and to his mission to open doors for others and create pathways for greater equality in art and design. He often said, “Everything I do is for the 17-year-old version of myself,” believing deeply in the power of art to inspire future generations.
We thank you all for your love and support, and we ask for privacy as we grieve and celebrate Virgil’s life,” the family added.
Virgil Abloh And Louis Vuitton:
Virgil Abloh founded Off-White in 2012 and was the CEO until his death on Sunday.
He was an American of Ghana origin. And was named as the new Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton’s Men’s Wear in 2018, replacing Kim Jones who left Louis Vuitton as Menswear Director in 2018.