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Founder and CEO of Off-White™, Virgil Abloh passed away on November 28, 2021, devastating fans all around the world. In an Instagram post on his account, the caption reveals that the streetwear icon has been privately battling cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer.
Breaking News: Virgil Abloh, the barrier-breaking Black designer whose ascent to the heights of the traditional luxury industry changed what was possible in fashion, died on Sunday in Chicago. He was 41. https://t.co/6h8dJ7fffL pic.twitter.com/Ksbu63cU5y— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 28, 2021
Messages of love and light for his legacy are all over social media. Many remember him as a pioneer and game-changer within the industry, lead by a strong foundation in design principles.
Our hearts are broken over the monumental loss of the creative genius, visionary, and icon — Virgil Abloh.— TIDAL (@TIDAL) November 28, 2021
Rest in Power, Virgil. pic.twitter.com/0yMyCnVVgH
Many brands and organisations who have worked with the designer in the past have shared their statements which honour Virgil Abloh's legacy. Nike, which regularly collaborates with Virgil Abloh and Off-White, was one of the brands that expressed their condolences.
We are heartbroken by the news of Virgil Abloh's passing. pic.twitter.com/JurKPSItn3— Nike (@Nike) November 28, 2021
His contributions and impact to not just the streetwear industry but also the many projects he dabbled in throughout his lifetime are a testament to his one-of-a-kind creative vision. Though he will be missed sorely, it makes his life's work even more precious.
Our thoughts are with his loved ones during this difficult time.