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Virgil Abloh: Who is his wife after his death from cancer at 41

The death of American fashion designer Virgil Abloh has rocked the fashion industry, with models, photographers and editors paying tribute to a ‘giant among men’. 

Abloh, who died yesterday aged 41 after a secret two-year battle with cancer, was artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear operation and founder and creative director of Milan-based label Off-White, whose designs are worn by everyone from Beyoncé to Kendall Jenner

Regarded as a modern-day Renaissance man, Virgil had no formal training in fashion – he was taught to sew as a child by his mother, a Ghanaian-born seamstress – but held a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in architecture. As well as running two major fashion brands, he worked as an artist and DJ. 

But despite his success and famous friends – he and Kanye West became close after interning together at Fendi in 2009 – Abloh never embraced his A-list status and remained a relatively unknown to the general public.

‘I don’t want to be a celebrity designer,’ he once said. ‘I want to keep my personal life out of it.’ 

He is survived by his wife, Shannon, who works as a media sales manager at Yahoo, according to LinkedIn. High school sweethearts, the pair met in their hometown of Rockford, Illinois, a 90-minute drive from Chicago, and married in 2009. They shared two children: daughter Lowe and son Grey.

Abloh’s family remained a priority even as his schedule became packed with fashion shows and creative meetings. In 2017 he spoke of jetting back from a Yeezy fashion show in New York in time for his daughter’s school recital in Chicago, where they lived in the picturesque Lincoln Park neighbourhood. 

‘Those things I don’t miss,’ he said. ‘My sacrifice is: I’m down to fly.’

Cinderella story: Virgil Abloh, who died aged 41 after a secret two-year battle with cancer, was artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear operation and founder and creative director of Milan-based label Off-White. Abloh, pictured right as a child with his family members, had no formal training and was taught to sew by his seamstress mother, Eunice

Abloh poses with his mother at a Paris Fashion Week event in 2018

Virgil was raised in Rockford, Illinois, where he met future wife Shannon in high school. The pair married in 2009 and share children Grey and Lowe (together in 2019)

Family support: Abloh with his mother, Eunice, at Paris Fashion Week in 2018. He was raised in Rockford, Illinois, where he met future wife Shannon in high school. The pair married in 2009 and share children Grey and Lowe (right together in 2019)

Out of the spotlight: Despite his success and famous friends - he and Kanye West became close after interning together at Fendi in 2009 - Abloh never embraced his A-list status and remained a relatively unknown to the general public. Pictured, with his wife Shannon and their children Grey (left) and Lowe (right), at Christmas 2016

Out of the spotlight: Despite his success and famous friends – he and Kanye West became close after interning together at Fendi in 2009 – Abloh never embraced his A-list status and remained a relatively unknown to the general public. Pictured, with his wife Shannon and their children Grey (left) and Lowe (right), at Christmas 2016

Celebrity friends: Abloh had his big break when he manufactured a meeting with Kanye West (together in 2019) after finding a printing shop he used for merchandise.

Abloh posed with Gigi Hadid at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 2019

Celebrity friends: Abloh had his big break when he manufactured a meeting with Kanye West (left together in 2019) after finding a printing shop he used for merchandise. Right, with model Gigi Hadid at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards in 2019

Recent outing: Abloh appeared at the opening of his exhibition "Figures of Speech" at the National Museum of Qatar in Doha

Recent outing: Abloh appeared at the opening of his exhibition “Figures of Speech” at the National Museum of Qatar in Doha

Born on September 30, 1980, Virgil was the son of seamstress Eunice and Nee, the manager of a paint company. 

The couple raised Virgil and his sister Edwina in middle-class Rockford, where Abloh ‘was into skateboarding, Air Jordans, and hip-hop’, and played varsity soccer for his ‘predominantly white’ Boylan Catholic High School, according to a W Magazine interview. 

Virgil had fond memories of the school and sent the first set of jerseys from his 2018 Nike x Off-White collaboration to the soccer team with the note: ‘Once a Titan, always a Titan’.

The teenager also learned some of his mother’s skills as a seamstress, and watched her make garments from scratch for the customers who visited their home.  

In his free time he read fashion magazines and DJ’ed but his parents expected him to ‘settle on a respectable profession’, so he enrolled at the University of Wisconsin to study civil engineering. 

Satisfying his creative inclinations, Abloh took an art-history class in his final year and had his ‘mind blown’ by the innovation of the Renaissance period. He graduated in 2002. 

Next, Abloh was accepted to a master’s architecture program at the Illinois Institute of Technology. During his time at IIT, Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, who had helped build runways for Prada, completed a building on campus. Virgil would later say this ‘piqued my interest and opened my gateway into fashion’. 

Family: Born on September 30, 1980, Virgil was the son of seamstress Eunice and Nee, the manager of a paint company. The couple raised Virgil and his sister Edwina in middle-class Rockford. Pictured, Abloh with his family

Family: Born on September 30, 1980, Virgil was the son of seamstress Eunice and Nee, the manager of a paint company. The couple raised Virgil and his sister Edwina in middle-class Rockford. Pictured, Abloh with his family 

Childhood memories: As a child Abloh 'was into skateboarding, Air Jordans, and hip-hop', and played varsity soccer for his 'predominantly white' Boylan Catholic High School, according to a W Magazine interview. Pictured, Abloh as a child

Childhood memories: As a child Abloh ‘was into skateboarding, Air Jordans, and hip-hop’, and played varsity soccer for his ‘predominantly white’ Boylan Catholic High School, according to a W Magazine interview. Pictured, Abloh as a child

Ever prolific, Abloh also found time to make graphic t-shirts, started his own website and engineered a meeting with Kanye West – who was raised in Chicago – by finding out where the rapper’s merchandise was screen printed.

‘Incorporating West’s G.O.O.D. Music logo on a line he designed for him voluntarily, Abloh left a printout of looks at the shop, where they caught the eye of the owner, whom Abloh later persuaded to call West’s then-manager,’ W Magazine noted. ‘A month later Abloh was travelling the globe with West’. 

In 2009, the same year he married Shannon, Abloh and West became interns at Fendi in Rome    

Louis Vuitton CEO Michael Burke later told The New York Times: ‘I was really impressed with how [Abloh and West] brought a whole new vibe to the studio and were disruptive in the best way. Virgil could create a metaphor and a new vocabulary to describe something as old-school as Fendi. I have been following his career ever since.’ 

Others noted how Abloh was just as comfortable speaking to architects as members of a celebrity entourage. 

That year Abloh and West attended the Comme des Garçons show at Paris Fashion Week, with the designer listed as the creative director for West’s fashion brand. 

Groundbreaking: Abloh at the Off-White Menswear Spring/Summer 2017 show at Paris Fashion Week. Off-White was created and expanded on Abloh's fresh and modern visions that combined the concept of luxury streetwear and couture. Known for its signature quotation marks and diagonal black and white stripes, Off-White is worn by the It Crowd around the world

Groundbreaking: Abloh at the Off-White Menswear Spring/Summer 2017 show at Paris Fashion Week. Off-White was created and expanded on Abloh’s fresh and modern visions that combined the concept of luxury streetwear and couture. Known for its signature quotation marks and diagonal black and white stripes, Off-White is worn by the It Crowd around the world

Abloh is seen backstage at the Off-White show for Paris Fashion Week Womenswear in 2018 with Vogue editor Anna Wintour

Abloh is seen backstage at the Off-White show for Paris Fashion Week Womenswear in 2018 with Vogue editor Anna Wintour 

Abloh stands between his sister Edwina (left) and wife Shannon Abloh (right), who both survive the designer

Abloh stands between his sister Edwina (left) and wife Shannon Abloh (right), who both survive the designer

Abloh walks through the audience during an Off-White Menswear Spring/Summer 2019 show for Paris Fashion Week

Abloh walks through the audience during an Off-White Menswear Spring/Summer 2019 show for Paris Fashion Week 

‘We got into about 60 percent of the shows,’ he later recalled. ‘We were a generation that was interested in fashion and weren’t supposed to be there. We saw this as our chance to participate and make current culture. In a lot of ways, it felt like we were bringing more excitement than the industry was.’ 

Fast-forward a little over a decade and the two men are considered two of the biggest names in the business. 

West, or Ye, appointed Abloh as the creative director for his agency Donda in 2010 as well as using his skills to design his album covers for Ye’s Yeezus and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. 

His association with West catapulted him into the spotlight. Abloh launched his first label, Pyrex Vision, in 2012.

The label was meant to represent the significance of youth culture but was shut down when it became too much of a ‘commercial enterprise’, going against the designer’s original intention. 

A year later, Off-White was created and expanded on Abloh’s fresh and modern visions that combined the concept of luxury streetwear and couture. Known for its signature quotation marks and diagonal black and white stripes, Off-White is worn by the It Crowd around the world. 

Abloh and West (right) attend the Menswear Spring/Summer 2019 show in Paris. The pair were collaborators and friends

Abloh and West (right) attend the Menswear Spring/Summer 2019 show in Paris. The pair were collaborators and friends

Abloh is seen with models Adut Akech, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid and Karlie Kloss during the Off-White Ready to Wear fashion show in 2019

Abloh is seen with models Adut Akech, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid and Karlie Kloss during the Off-White Ready to Wear fashion show in 2019 

Virgil Abloh is pictured with Gigi Hadid at one of his shows in Paris in summer 2020. Bridging the divide between pop culture and high-end fashion, Abloh designed furniture for IKEA, made refillable bottles for Evian and partnered with McDonald's on limited edition Big Mac cartons

Virgil Abloh is pictured with Gigi Hadid at one of his shows in Paris in summer 2020. Bridging the divide between pop culture and high-end fashion, Abloh designed furniture for IKEA, made refillable bottles for Evian and partnered with McDonald’s on limited edition Big Mac cartons

Bridging the divide between pop culture and high-end fashion, Abloh designed furniture for IKEA, made refillable bottles for Evian and partnered with McDonald’s on limited edition Big Mac cartons. 

In 2018 Abloh was hired as the artistic director for Louis Vuitton’s menswear operation – the first Black designer to hold the position – and was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People.   

‘I now have a platform to change the industry,’ Abloh told GQ in 2018 before his menswear show. 

‘We’re designers, so we can start a trend, we can highlight issues, we can make a lot of people focus on something or we can cause a lot of people to focus on ourselves. 

‘I’m not interested in (the latter). I’m interested in using my platform as one of a very small group of African-American males to design a house, to sort of show people in a poetic way.’ 

Abloh’s influence in expanding the opportunities and representation of black designers was noted by many including British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful.  

‘Virgil Abloh changed the fashion industry,’ he wrote in an Instagram post. ‘Famously prolific, he always worked for a greater cause than his own illustrious career: to open the door to art and fashion for future generations, so that they – unlike himself – would grow up in a creative world with people to mirror themselves in. 

‘Virgil believed that anything was possible for humankind, if only we could tear ourselves away from unconscious biases and norms and reassume the imagination we had as children. His achievements won’t just live on. 

‘They will continue to evolve, because we are only seeing the beginning of his impact on the creative industries and surrounding world.’

Virgil’s designs with Louis Vuitton had incorporated the collaboration between streetwear and high fashion with graffiti art, hip hop and skateboard culture being his major influences. 

‘Streetwear in my mind is linked to Duchamp,’ Abloh told the New Yorker in 2019, in a reference to groundbreaking artist Marcel Duchamp. ‘It’s this idea of the readymade. I’m talking Lower East Side, New York. It’s like hip-hop. It’s sampling. I take James Brown, I chop it up, I make a new song.’ 

That same year he was diagnosed with cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare type of heart cancer, but kept his health battle private and continued to work.

He showed Fashion Week collections, created a scholarship fund to assist aspiring black fashion students and was appointed to the board of directors of The Council of Fashion Designers of America.

The fashion designer's death was announced on Instagram with a post shared by his family, pictured above

The fashion designer’s death was announced on Instagram with a post shared by his family, pictured above

In July 2021, LVMH announced it would be taking a 60 per cent stake in Off-White, with Abloh retaining the remaining 40 per cent. 

The designer lost his battle with cancer yesterday. A statement released on Instagram 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.

‘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.’

A statement from LVMH billionaire founder Bernard Arnault reads: ‘We are all shocked after this terrible news. 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 loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother or their friend.’

Hailey Bieber and Pharrell Williams lead tributes as stars mourn the loss of fashion icon Virgil Abloh who died after private battle with ‘aggressive form of cancer’ at the age of 41 

By Tracey Wright for DailyMail.com 

Virgil Abloh who died on Sunday morning after privately battling an ‘aggressive form of cancer’ at the age of 41. 

Abloh’s death was announced on Instagram Sunday with a lengthy caption revealing he battled cardiac angiosarcoma for two years. 

‘We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend,’ the caption said. ‘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.’

Hailey Bieber, who was honored to have Virgil create her stunning wedding dress when she married husband Justin Bieber three years ago, shared a touching tribute to Abloh on Instagram. 

Honored: Hailey Bieber, who was honored to have Virgil create her stunning wedding dress when she married husband Justin Bieber three years ago, shared a touching tribute to Abloh on Instagram

Honored: Hailey Bieber, who was honored to have Virgil create her stunning wedding dress when she married husband Justin Bieber three years ago, shared a touching tribute to Abloh on Instagram

‘Virgil completely changed the way I looked at street style and fashion, the way he looked at things inspired me deeply,’ she wrote. ‘I will never be able to fully express how grateful I am to have known him and worked with him, from walking on his runways to having him design my wedding dress and all the other amazing moments in between, I felt he was always rooting for me. 

‘He was someone who always brought life, charisma, love and fun to any situation, and every room he walked into. A once in a generation creative mind that is so rare and I’ll never forget his impact. We love you Virgil.’

Pharrell took to Twitter with a tribute to the Off-White designer: ‘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.’ 

'Virgil completely changed the way I looked at street style and fashion, the way he looked at things inspired me deeply,' she wrote. 'I will never be able to fully express how grateful I am to have known him and worked with him, from walking on his runways to having him design my wedding dress and all the other amazing moments in between, I felt he was always rooting for me'

‘Virgil completely changed the way I looked at street style and fashion, the way he looked at things inspired me deeply,’ she wrote. ‘I will never be able to fully express how grateful I am to have known him and worked with him, from walking on his runways to having him design my wedding dress and all the other amazing moments in between, I felt he was always rooting for me’

'He was someone who always brought life, charisma, love and fun to any situation, and every room he walked into. A once in a generation creative mind that is so rare and I’ll never forget his impact. We love you Virgil.'

‘He was someone who always brought life, charisma, love and fun to any situation, and every room he walked into. A once in a generation creative mind that is so rare and I’ll never forget his impact. We love you Virgil.’

Tragic: Abloh's death was announced on Instagram Sunday with a lengthy caption revealing he battled cardiac angiosarcoma for two years

Tragic: Abloh’s death was announced on Instagram Sunday with a lengthy caption revealing he battled cardiac angiosarcoma for two years

'My heart is broken,' he wrote. '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.'

‘My heart is broken,’ he wrote. ‘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.’

Gutted: Gigi Hadid wrote that she was absolutely 'heartbroken' by the loss of the designer and spoke to his character as a friend

Gutted: Gigi Hadid wrote that she was absolutely ‘heartbroken’ by the loss of the designer and spoke to his character as a friend 

Tribute: 'I am heartbroken by the loss of my dear friend, and a friend to the world, Virgil Abloh - He was 1 of 1,' Hadid wrote

Tribute: ‘I am heartbroken by the loss of my dear friend, and a friend to the world, Virgil Abloh – He was 1 of 1,’ Hadid wrote 

Gigi Hadid wrote that she was absolutely ‘heartbroken’ by the loss of the designer and spoke to his character as a friend, while likening him to Mickey Mouse as someone who will be ‘forever adored’ and ‘magical.’  

‘I am heartbroken by the loss of my dear friend, and a friend to the world, Virgil Abloh. He was 1 of 1. His kindness and energetic generosity left a lasting impression on every life he touched— he made everyone feel seen and special. 

‘He will be deeply missed, cherished, and celebrated by me and all the people and industries that have been lucky enough to work around & know the true supernova behind this man. 

‘I picture him now like our Mickey Mouse .. forever with us, forever adored, forever magical, forever guiding us with that special Virgil FUN; I’m sure that’s how he wanted to be remembered, but still it will never be the same without him in the room.

Fun filled moments: '' picture him now like our Mickey Mouse .. forever with us, forever adored, forever magical, forever guiding us with that special Virgil FUN; I'm sure that's how he wanted to be remembered, but still it will never be the same without him in the room'

Fun filled moments: ” picture him now like our Mickey Mouse .. forever with us, forever adored, forever magical, forever guiding us with that special Virgil FUN; I’m sure that’s how he wanted to be remembered, but still it will never be the same without him in the room’ 

Embrace: The supermodel had worked closely with the designer throughout her career and shared snaps of intimate moments

Embrace: The supermodel had worked closely with the designer throughout her career and shared snaps of intimate moments 

Creatives: In one snap shared the duo doodled during a fitting

Creatives: In one snap shared the duo doodled during a fitting 

Eternal love: Drake wrote 'My plan is to touch the sky 1000 more times for you…love you eternally brother thank you for everything'

Eternal love: Drake wrote ‘My plan is to touch the sky 1000 more times for you…love you eternally brother thank you for everything’ 

‘You will continue to inspire me every day, V. I feel blessed and honored by every moment. Rest Easy, my friend. You are so loved. You were the difference. As we always said.. ‘See you somewhere, soon™️’ Hadid wrote. 

Drake wrote ‘My plan is to touch the sky 1000 more times for you…love you eternally brother thank you for everything,’ accompanied by photos of the duo. 

Proving his talents as a designer spanned beyond clothing, Abloh had also designed the rapper’s private jet — dubbed ‘Air Drake’ — which features the OVO owl and the words ‘VA Abloh engineering.’ 

Mid-concert love: Another image posted by the rapper showed the pair sharing a handshake during one of his concerts

Mid-concert love: Another image posted by the rapper showed the pair sharing a handshake during one of his concerts 

On film: Another shot shared the duo having fun at a club as captured on film

On film: Another shot shared the duo having fun at a club as captured on film 

Proving his talents as a designer spanned beyond clothing, Abloh had also designed the rapper's private jet — dubbed 'Air Drake' — which features the OVO owl and Abloh engineering

Proving his talents as a designer spanned beyond clothing, Abloh had also designed the rapper’s private jet — dubbed ‘Air Drake’ — which features the OVO owl and Abloh engineering 

 Abloh trained as an architect and made history as Louis Vuitton’s first black artistic director.

The founder of game-changing label Off-White, a brand he created in 2012, had taken over the role from Kim Jones. 

He got into fashion when he landed an internship at Fendi in 2009 alongside rap superstar Kanye West, and they continued to collaborate together.

‘I am so sorry to read this,’ Marc Jacobs wrote on Twitter. ‘My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones. May you Rest in Peace and Power dear Virgil.’ 

Runway moments: Another snap showed the prolific designer taking to the runway following one of his fashion shows

Runway moments: Another snap showed the prolific designer taking to the runway following one of his fashion shows

'We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend,' the caption said. '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'

‘We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend,’ the caption said. ‘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’

'I am so sorry to read this,' Marc Jacobs wrote on Twitter. 'My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones. May you Rest in Peace and Power dear Virgil'

‘I am so sorry to read this,’ Marc Jacobs wrote on Twitter. ‘My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones. May you Rest in Peace and Power dear Virgil’

Honest: Jodie Turner-Smith wrote: 'truly, f*** CANCER'

Honest: Jodie Turner-Smith wrote: ‘truly, f*** CANCER’

Odell Beckham Jr. shared: '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. shared: ‘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’

Shocked: Kehlani took to twitter to say 'rest in absolute peace' as she called the death 'shocking'

Shocked: Kehlani took to twitter to say ‘rest in absolute peace’ as she called the death ‘shocking’

Life lessons: Soulja Boy called him a 'legend and icon'

Life lessons: Soulja Boy called him a ‘legend and icon’ 

‘We are all shocked by this terrible news, Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom,’ Louis Vuitton executive director Bernault Arnault said in a statement. 

‘The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their brother, their father or their friend.’ 

Jodie Turner-Smith wrote: ‘truly, f*** CANCER.’ 

Odell Beckham Jr. shared: ‘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’ 

Kris Jenner posted to Twitter and wrote that she was ‘so so saddened and devastated’ to hear about the passing of her ‘dear friend Virgil Abloh’ who she called an ‘angel’ and joined celebrities who sent ‘love and prayers to his beautiful family.’ 

Saddened: Kris Jenner posted to Twitter and wrote that she was 'deeply saddened and devastated' about his passing

Saddened: Kris Jenner posted to Twitter and wrote that she was ‘deeply saddened and devastated’ about his passing 

Symbolic: Khloe Kardashian took to Twitter with a string of dove and broken heart emojis

Symbolic: Khloe Kardashian took to Twitter with a string of dove and broken heart emojis 

Groundbreaking: Usher called the designer 'the culture' and cautioned 'you never know when they're going to go'

Groundbreaking: Usher called the designer ‘the culture’ and cautioned ‘you never know when they’re going to go’ 

Brotherly love: The Yeah! singer shared a snap of the pair posing together where Abloh rested his arm on his shoulder

Brotherly love: The Yeah! singer shared a snap of the pair posing together where Abloh rested his arm on his shoulder 

Khloe Kardashian expressed her sadness in emoji form and she posted a string of doves and broken hearts on Twitter. 

Usher shared two images of them embracing and wrote: ‘Thank you brother for everything you’ve offered this world. You shifted it all. You are the culture. This is precisely what I meant when I said we need to thank those who are here while we have them, it’s important … you never know when they’re going to go.’ 

Kaia Gerber poetically wrote: ‘in a world where smiles are too rare, and kindness is even rarer, there was you. with your laughter and your light and your positivity. i would look to you when it felt like everything was spinning and somehow you always made it go quiet. 

‘You saw people, and through your art you gave them the courage to be themselves. thank you for everything you taught me. taught us. you changed the world. virgil forever ♥️ we love you. sending my deepest love and condolences to shannon, their kids, and the whole family.’

Beacon of positivity: Kaia Gerber poetically wrote: 'in a world where smiles are too rare, and kindness is even rarer, there was you'

Beacon of positivity: Kaia Gerber poetically wrote: ‘in a world where smiles are too rare, and kindness is even rarer, there was you’ 

Leaning on him: The model daughter of Cindy Crawford continued to write 'i would look to you when it felt like everything was spinning and somehow you always made it go quiet'

Leaning on him: The model daughter of Cindy Crawford continued to write ‘i would look to you when it felt like everything was spinning and somehow you always made it go quiet’ 

Legendary: Amelia Gray Hamlin re-posted a portrait of the designer and wrote 'legends never die...thank you for your incredible mind'

Legendary: Amelia Gray Hamlin re-posted a portrait of the designer and wrote ‘legends never die…thank you for your incredible mind’

Man of many talents: January Jones tried to add a bit of levity to the sadness as she wrote 'Heaven just got way cooler,' and called him the 'best restaurant recommender in any city'

Man of many talents: January Jones tried to add a bit of levity to the sadness as she wrote ‘Heaven just got way cooler,’ and called him the ‘best restaurant recommender in any city’

Amelia Gray Hamlin wrote ‘legends never die’ and thanked him for his ‘incredible mind.’ 

January Jones tried to add a bit of levity to the sadness as she wrote ‘Heaven just got way cooler,’ and called him the ‘best restaurant recommender in any city’ adding that he ‘art directed life.’

Many celebrities including Chantel Jeffries, Eiza Gonzalez and Meadow Walker reposted the colorful image of Abloh shared to his official Instagram page following the news of his passing. 

 


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