Virgil Abloh has passed away at age 41 after privately battling cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare cancer, since 2019. His passing was confirmed by his family.
Besides founding high-street label Off-White, serving as the artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear, showcasing his work in world-renowned art museums and travelling around the world to DJ, Abloh is quite possibly the single most influential figure in the modern-day world of sneakers. He redefined what collaboration could be when he worked with Nike, Jordan Brand and Converse on 'The Ten' in 2017, and since then has pumped out dozens of other highly-regarded sneakers, like Air Force 1s to accompany his art shows and Air Jordan 5s inspired by his childhood love of Michael Jordan. The amount of work he was able to put out while fighting such a hard battle in private is, quite frankly, astounding.
Abloh has a long history with SF as well. He was the cover star of our 44th issue, and he even submitted an illustration to a colouring contest held all the way back in Sneaker Freaker issue #2.
See LVMH and Off-White's statements regarding Virgil Abloh's passing alongside a post from Abloh's own account below. Our thoughts are with Abloh's family, friends and peers.