Virgil Abloh and other stars who have battled cancer

The visionary Louis Vuitton artistic director and Off-White founder has died at 41 following private battle with rare cancer

Stars Insider

29/11/21 | StarsInsider


Virgil Abloh, artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear and founder of luxury fashion label Off-White, tragically passed away on November 28 after privately battling a rare form of cancer called cardiac angiosarcoma for over two years. The historic designer, who is also an architect, a visual artist, and a DJ, was just 41 years old. 

A post shared to his Instagram announcing the news said, "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."

Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, released a statement which read, "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," sending his thoughts to Abloh's wife Shannon and their two kids, as well as the rest of his loved ones. Indeed, Abloh touched the lives of many, including several celebrities who have made their own moving tributes to the artist on social media, such as Frank Ocean, Pharrell, Bella Hadid, Idris Elba, Hailey Bieber, BTS, Questlove, and the Beckhams. The world has certainly lost a legend. 

Click through the gallery to learn more about the stars who won their battles with cancer, the ones who have not won the fight yet, and the unlucky few who ultimately lost theirs.


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