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.