‘The world has lost a fashion superstar’: Louis Vuitton’s visionary artistic director Virgil Abloh dies at 41 after secret two-year battle against rare cancer, leaving behind his wife Shannon and two children

Virgil Abloh, who made history as Louis Vuitton’s first black artistic director, is dead at age 41 following a years-long secret battle with cancer. ‘We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend,’ a message posted on the designer’s Instagram account stated. ‘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.’ According to the statement, Virgil ‘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.’

Pictured: Virgil Abloh with his wife and children
Pictured: Virgil Abloh and wife Shannon Sundberg
Pictured: (L to R) Nee and Eunice Abloh, Virgil Abloh, Shannon Abloh, Edwina Abloh

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SOURCE: Daily Mail