It’s the kind of news you hate to hear, especially with a person who still had so many years to live.
Yet here we are: Days after we gathered to give thanks with friends, family and our close circle, revolutionary designer and artist Virgil Abloh has passed away. He was 41 years old.
Louis Vuitton released a statement on Abloh’s passing, writing, “LVMH, Louis Vuitton and Off White are devastated to announce his passing.
“We are all shocked after this terrible news,” LVMH founder Bernard Arnault added. “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 loves ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend.”
The revolutionary designer lost his fight with cancer on Sunday, November 28. Take a look at early reactions to his sudden passing in the gallery below.
Thank you Virgil. . pic.twitter.com/PR107YGrgS
— OMARION (@Omarion) November 28, 2021
RIP Virgil a legend and icon. Life way too short
— Soulja Boy (Big Draco) (@souljaboy) November 28, 2021
rest in absolute peace. shocking. thank you Virgil
— Kehlani (@Kehlani) November 28, 2021
I wish we lived in a world where we could celebrate the living instead of celebrating them when they leave. Rest In Peace to my brother Virgil ! You were loved.
— Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) November 28, 2021
Too soon Virgil. You will be missed from this world man.
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) November 28, 2021
Rest in Power Virgil pic.twitter.com/FvZW8YNeY7
— Omar Sy (@OmarSy) November 28, 2021
My heart is broken
Virgil you were a kind, generous, thoughtful creative genius
your work as a human and your work as a spiritual being will live forever
Sending love and light to your wife, children, family and day ones
you’re with the Master now, shine
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) November 28, 2021
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. pic.twitter.com/CytwZLvSFu
— LVMH (@LVMH) November 28, 2021
rest in peace to virgil abloh. thank you for giving us these iconic album covers pic.twitter.com/3M6DY1jrsb
— (@almightytuc) November 28, 2021
Rest in peace, Virgil Abloh
A creative genius and an innovator in art, fashion, and music. You will be missed by the world. pic.twitter.com/h4Wyx48gZp
— The Sole Supplier (@thesolesupplier) November 28, 2021
We are so saddened and heartbroken to hear about the passing of Virgil Abloh.
Thank you for being such an inspiration. Rest In Peace pic.twitter.com/nQ690pVdOm
— Photos Of Ye (@PhotosOfKanye) November 28, 2021
Our hearts are broken over the monumental loss of the creative genius, visionary, and icon — Virgil Abloh.
Rest in Power, Virgil. pic.twitter.com/0yMyCnVVgH
— TIDAL (@TIDAL) November 28, 2021
You never know what people are dealing with privately. Rest In Peace, Virgil Abloh.
— omen (@omen) November 28, 2021
A fashion icon. Rest in Paradise, Virgil Abloh. pic.twitter.com/6PQpIzQiOz
— Did Ye Drop Today? (@didjesusdrop) November 28, 2021
RIP Virgil Abloh. His legacy won’t only be how much he changed the sneaker world, but also how much he preserved and worked until the end.
— Matthew Welty (@MatthewJWelty) November 28, 2021
Interviewed Virgil Abloh over zoom last year, one of the first people I interviewed in my “career”. He was so kind and generous, promised to keep in touch (he did), had a passion for finding global young black talent and helping build them up. Genuinely gutting to hear he’s gone
— Jason Okundaye (@jasebyjason) November 28, 2021
Rest In Peace Virgil Abloh. Devastating news. Great guy. Love and peace to his family.
— Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive) November 28, 2021
Life is so baffling at times. Virgil’s style was one of a kind. Rest in perfect peace Virgil Abloh
— Harry Pinero (@harrypinero) November 28, 2021
Virgil Abloh news is truly devastating. His contributions to fashion have actually be shapeshifting in so many ways — publicity and privately. Thinking about his loved ones today. May he rest in peace
— Dani Kwateng (@danikwateng) November 28, 2021
Even if you ain’t like his designs, you can’t deny Virgil Abloh changed the fashion and sneaker game
— Leo (@hoeglizzy) November 28, 2021
— YOUNG STONER LIFE (@YoungStonerLife) November 28, 2021