The 41-year-old unconventional designer quietly lost his battle with cancer yesterday.
Apparently, Virgil died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his loved ones at home. He was 41 years old.
What Was Virgil Abloh’s Cause of Death?
Virgil passed away with cardiac angiosarcoma, a very rare and deadly cancer. Angiosarcoma is a subtype of sarcoma that includes cardiac sarcomas. The right atrium of the heart is the most common location for angiosarcomas.
In this case, the tumor is preventing blood from entering or leaving the chamber. Some of the symptoms of this obstruction include chest pain and swelling of the feet, legs, ankles, or abdomen.
His death was announced late last night on his verified Instagram feed.
“We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh. 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” it says.
“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”.
The Jesus Walks rapper is well-known for his friendship with Kanye West, and he paid tribute to his pal at last night’s Sunday Service by posting a post from Kanye’s Donda’s Place account.
“In Loving Memory of Virgil Abloh, The Creative Director of DONDA’.
Virgil and Kanye have been dating since the turn of the millennium. In the years following, Virgil has created artwork for some of his most recognizable albums, including My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Yeezus.
A number of famous people, including Pharrell, Kehlani, Timbaland, Ari Lennox, and Frank Ocean, have expressed their sorrow and gratitude at his passing after his death was announced.
Instagram posts from Drake and Virgil read: “My plan is to touch the sky 1000 more times for you…
love you eternally brother 🕊thank you for everything”.
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