- Fashion icon Virgil Abloh has died at the age of 41 after a long battle with a rare form of heart cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma
- The designer revolutionised street fashion for many around the world and celebs and fashion enthusiasts are lamenting the loss
- Drake, Hailey Bieber, Pharrell Williams and an array of other celebs have taken to social media to pay tribute to the famous designer
Virgil Abloh's death has left a hole in the hearts of fashion lovers across the globe. The Louis Vuitton and Off White designer succumbed to cancer after fighting the disease silently for two long years. Celebs got together to remember his influence on street fashion.
Virgil made history when he became the very first black person to become a creative director at Louis Vuitton.
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The fashion icon did not always plan on venturing into the clothing world. He in fact studied to become an architect. After his ideas caught the attention of Kanye West, he was then hired as a creative director of his Yeezy brand. He then went on to work for Fendi and shortly after, he started his own brand Pyrex, which turned into the popular Off-White.
While his career was booming, Virgil was secretly battling a cancer diagnosis. TimesLIVE reports that Abloh found out about his cardiac angiosarcoma in 2019, just a year after he landed the big Louis Vuitton gig. A message shared by his loved ones on social media read:
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"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."
Complex reported that Drake was among the many celebs who were deeply touched by the death of Virgil Abloh. The rapper shared a touching tribute for the designer on his Instagram. Drake and Virgil were good friends and the world-famous designer-curated Drake's $185 million (107 billion naira) watch.
Here is a look at some touching celeb tributes.
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Legit.ng earlier reported that Lupita Nyong'o emotionally remembered the late Michael K. Williams, noting they met during 12 Years A Slave movie auditions.
The actress said she questioned him about his facial scar and he was kind enough to tell her the story as he'd never done before.
Lupita said they kept in touch and would send each other encouraging messages from time to time.