It's not an understatement to say that the entire world reeled from the shocking news of Virgil Abloh's untimely death following a battle with cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare cancer that Abloh suffered from in private.
Abloh's sudden passing at the age of 41 has left a massive void in more than merely the fashion industry. To describe him as a fashion designer doesn't do Abloh's immense legacy justice.
Everyone who wore Pyrex Vision, who listened to albums that Abloh art-directed, who witnessed Abloh's Off-White™ and Louis Vuitton runway shows online or in person, who saw Abloh's Nike collaborations out on the street, who took style cues from Abloh's brands or wardrobe, who was an outsider aspiring to succeed within the fashion industry, who sought people of color in positions of influence, who was inspired to express themselves with their clothing, their own sneakers, their own streetwear brand — Abloh touched them all and many more.
As you can see from the outpouring of grief realized from across the planet, Abloh's influence can't be quantified in any way more meaningful than simply saying that the ultra-influential creative undeservingly died far too young.
RIP Virgil Abloh , you will be missed.— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) November 28, 2021
It was an honor to work with you. A true creative genius.
I love u Bro 🌹 I wanna say so much but I cant right now, I recently showed u this painting I had Mariella paint of u as 1of the biggest inspirations ever in my life which is now priceless ppl think they know me but they really don’t this was my family right here @virgilabloh ❤️ pic.twitter.com/RE3PNpp8az— WESTSIDEGUNN (@WESTSIDEGUNN) November 28, 2021
RIP VIRGIL ABLOH 🕊— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) November 28, 2021
No one will forget the impact you had. God bless you my friend.
"I am heartbroken by the news of @VirgilAbloh's passing. He was such a brilliant designer who has paved the way for many young creatives. My thoughts are with his wife and his two children" said Maria Grazia Chiuri as she pays hommage to Abloh's incredible creative legacy. pic.twitter.com/7NSBxcSAzw— Dior (@Dior) November 28, 2021