Following the sad death of Virgil Abloh on Sunday, condolences from the music and fashion industries flooded in.
After a two-year struggle with cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare type of cancer, the legendary fashion designer died at the age of 41. He was recalled lovingly by pals including as Kanye West, Frank Ocean, and Drake, who posted a series of images of him and Virgil throughout the years.
“I want to touch the sky 1000 more times for you…
“I’ll love you forever brother, thank you for everything,” Drake said in the post.
Drake’s gigantic Boeing 767 airplane “Air Drake” and his bespoke Patek Philippe watch, which he notably sang about on “Life Is Good” (“Virgil had that Patek on my wrist goin’ wild”) were both created by Virgil.
The secretive Frank Ocean took to social media to pay respect to the Louis Vuitton creative director and Off-White creator, whom he met at the Met Gala in September.
“I phoned V in 2018, I think, and asked him how he was able to perform hundreds of gigs a year, do several fashion lines a year, be a parent and a spouse, and respond EVERYONE’s emails with passion and emoticons and encouragement and seemingly… with ease,” he wrote.
“I don’t recall how he answered directly, but I’m sure whatever he said was quotable… he was always quotable.” But the core of his argument was that he wanted to live and live to the fullest extent of his ability… which proved impossible today since he was BEYOND.”
Virgil had dressed his younger brother, Ryan Breaux, for his prom. “I’m going to miss you.” When Ryan went to his prom, you surprised him with items from your new LV line, and he was GEEKed. “I couldn’t persuade him to take it off,” Ocean, whose 18-year-old brother died in a vehicle accident in August 2020, said.
“When my brother died, I never said anything because it was too painful, but he adored you and looked up to you.” He was going to fashion school and everything. He aspired to be a fashion designer. My family was as proud of you as we were of you.”
Ocean recalled Virgil performing his Blonde song “White Ferrari” on the beach in Miami in 2016 (“A song with no percussion or bass anywhere to be found”) and getting the audience to sing along. Virgil was also a fan of Frank’s luxury firm, Homer.
“I know loss is love that you don’t get to express, so this is my effort at expressing it,” he wrote at the conclusion of his heartfelt tribute. V, I adore you. You’re a true hero.”
Kanye West dedicated this weekend’s episode of Sunday Service to his late buddy, Virgil Abloh, shortly after word of his death surfaced.
In his tribute, the choir sang a moving performance of Adele’s “Easy on Me.” “Be kind with me, father. “I am still your kid, and I need to feel your love,” they sung.
At the conclusion of the broadcast, a message emerged that said, “IN LOVING MEMORY OF VIRGIL ABLOH, THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF DONDA.”
Other musicians, including Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, Gunna, Quavo, and Offset, as well as Virgil’s pals in fashion and art, including as Marc Jacobs, Kaws, and Takashi Murakami, expressed their condolences.