Stars mourn death Virgil Abloh.
As we have previously reported, Abloh, the founder of the luxury streetwear brand Off white and artistic director of Louis Vuitton‘s menswear collection, died over the weekend at the age of 41. According to a statement from his family, he had been battling privately with “a rare, aggressive form of cancer, heart angiosarcoma” since 2019.
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The designer’s long-standing partner Kanye West dedicated the latest Sunday service to his friend and opened the livestream with the title card:
“In loving memory of Virgil Abloh, the creative director of Donda. “
That Sunday service choir performed a version of Adele‘s single Look at me, where they changed the lyrics to sing:
“Take it easy with me, father. I’m still your child / And I need a chance to / Feel your love around.”
Another partner, Drake, hailed the fashion icon Instagram, writing:
“My plan is to touch heaven 1000 times more for you … love you forever brother thank you for everything.”
Beyoncé posted a tribute to his own website, which read:
“It is with great sadness that I send my condolences and love to the Abloh family and his friends. We will forever honor you, Virgil. Thank you for inspiring an entire generation.”
Kendall Jenner also wrote a memoir for his friend, sharing in part:
“V taught me and all of us a very important lesson, even though he knew he only had so much time, he was bright, he was kind and he was full of love. we all need a little bit of Virgil in us. he leaves us with his influence, to create and change the world. you did just that Virg.
our angel here on earth is now upon us. ”
With supermodel Gigi Hadid also went to IG to show her respect and wrote:
“I am devastated by the loss of my dear friend and friend of the world, Virgil Abloh. He was 1 in 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, loved and celebrated by me and all the people and industries who have been fortunate enough to work around and know the true supernova behind this man … I now imagine him as our Mickey Mouse .. forever loved, forever magical, to always guide us with the special Virgil FUN; I’m sure that was how he would like to be remembered, but still it will never be the same without him in space. inspiring me every day, V. I feel blessed and honored at every moment. Take it easy, my friend. You are so loved. You were the difference. As we always said. ‘See you soon somewhere.’ Sending my deepest condolences, light and strength to Shannon, their children and his entire family. “
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Hailey Bieber posted a picture of Abloh and herself in the wedding dress he designed, adding:
“Virgil completely changed the way I looked at street style and fashion, the way he looked at things inspired me deeply. 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 getting him to design my wedding dress and all the other amazing moments in between, I felt that he always messed with me. He was someone who always brought life, charisma, love and fun to every situation and every space he went into. A creative mind once in a generation that is so rare and I will never forget his influence. We love you Virgil. “
Virgil undoubtedly made a huge impact on his loved ones and the culture as a whole. We continue to keep him and his family in our thoughts.
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Kris Jenner said:
“I’m so sorry and crushed to hear about the passing of our dear friend Virgil Abloh. I send all my love and prayers to his beautiful family. You are an angel @virgilabloh and we love you.”
Justin Timberlake wrote:
“What can you say when a force like @virgilabloh is taken too soon? You gave the world so much in such a short time. And created with intensity … know better than the rest of us that life is short, but anything is possible. “I am honored to have known you. Thank you for sharing your gift with us.”
Winnie Harlow mourned:
“RIP into a visionary and icon who helped push culture forward and open doors and break down barriers that made the next generation of creatives feel that anything is possible.”
Orlando Bloom shared:
“@Virgilabloh one of the kindest souls, with a wisdom and curiosity to match his creative genius. His heart was as pure as his reach was far and he will live on as his vision taught us that anything is possible when you [sic] dreams are as big and clear as his. Love and respect and prayers for his beloved. “
Rip Virgil prayers for your family thank you for always supporting the young, always kind, we just talked bro smh pic.twitter.com/e5moTP3sn5
– OFFSET (@OffsetYRN) November 28, 2021
Bella Hadid shared:
“I’m perplexed … He was someone for everyone. It was the magical power he had. He made every person he encountered feel special in the way he could at all. Even when the world was sad, he brought laughter and color and beauty.The way he made a positive impact on everything he touched and always pushed for his culture / world is the reason he was an angel on earth and one for so many The most beautiful warrior soul. I can not believe this. You broke boundaries and made everything your own. You shared your love infinitely. The way your brain worked was beyond everything, and the way you did every single thing in life. for your family, friends and for the better … We will miss you very much V. You really saw me and supported me on all levels. As you did against so many of us. An ethereal light. You have always inspired to keep pushing, work hard and be kind. No matter what. I’m thinking of sending love and prayers to his beautiful S hannon, their children and the rest of the Abloh family. I am crushed. You will be so missed and loved V. ‘FOR INFINITY ..’ Fly high my Weight Brother. I know you’re keeping an eye on the world now. I’ll love you all my life. “
Venus Williams wrote:
“I’m devastated by @virgilabloh’s passing…. I love him so much. I have always seen everything he did so closely and it inspired me to get better at everything I do. His collections literally brought me to tears because they were so connected, so beautiful and so inspiring. I never got a chance to meet him and I wanted to at this year’s @themetgalaofficial. It was so festive there this year and the first time anyone had been out in a long time and we did not cross roads even though I saw him in the distance but I was caught in a conversation and when I looked up he was gone. I thought I had more time, I had no idea he had no more time … It was so brave how he continued his life’s work through the absolutely most difficult circumstances. I am fantastic [sic] how he continued, no matter what, to pursue what he loved, and to bring opportunities for all, to open doors and raise worlds in fashion, design and art. It gives me even more inspiration as I prepare for next year’s tennis season, which comes after a few years of challenging injuries. I have a feeling that everything I do and experience next year will be for Virgil and inspired by Virgil. I can not believe he is gone. It’s surreal, it feels like he’s still here. I love him, always have and always will. ”
I wish we lived in a world where we could celebrate the living instead of celebrating them as they go. Rest in peace to my brother Virgil! You were loved.
– Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) November 28, 2021
Too early Virgil. You will be missed by this world man.
– Idris Elba (@idriselba) November 28, 2021
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