Virgil Abloh, DJ and fashion designer, dies, aged 41

Virgil Abloh, the influential fashion designer, DJ, and Off-White founder, has died, aged 41.

Abloh, who was the artistic director of the fashion house Louis Vuitton, passed away after living with cancer for several years, it was announced today (28th November) via an official statement.

“We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend,” the statement read. “For over two years, Virgil valiantly battled a rare, aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma. 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”. You can read the full statement below.

Abloh was born in Rockford, Illinois in September 1980 to Ghanaian parents. After studying architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, he moved into the fashion industry, in which he became a highly influential figure, working as creative director for Kanye West and Jay Z’s ‘Watch The Throne’ campaign as well as for the DONDA creative agency. 

In 2013, Abloh launched the high-end streetwear brand, Off-White, through which he collaborated with brands including IKEA and Nike. In 2018, Abloh was named as the new artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear.

Abloh was also an established DJ on the global scene, who played at venues and festivals including Tomorrowland, Hï Ibiza, fabric, Circoloco and more. In 2018, Abloh released a single, ‘ORVNGE’, alongside Boys Noize.  

In 2019, in collaboration with Pioneer DJ, Abloh designed a transparent model of Pioneer’s CDJ-2000NXS2 and DJM-900NXS2, which was displayed at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Earlier this year, Off-White collaborated with Pioneer once again, releasing a distinct, limited edition controller, the DDJ-1000-OW.

Aboh is survived by his wife Shannon Abloh, his children Lowe Abloh and Grey Abloh, his sister Edwina Abloh and his parents Nee and Eunice Abloh. Tributes have come from throughout the music and fashion worlds for the trailblazing figure, who was revered for his tireless work ethic and visionary, industry-spanning ethos.  

Artistic visionary Virgil Abloh dead at 41

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Virgil Abloh, CEO of Off-White, artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection, and DJ/producer, has died at the age of 41. Abloh was diagnosed with cardiac angiosarcoma in 2019, a “rare and aggressive form of cancer.” He “chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis…undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture,” his team wrote in a November 28 statement announcing his death from the disease.

The visionary is survived by his wife Shannon Abloh, his children Lowe Abloh and Grey Abloh, his sister Edwina Abloh, and his parents Nee and Eunice Abloh.

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‘Subsidia Dawn: Vol. 5’ collates melodic selections from Swole Sauce, Crankdat, and more

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In September of 2020, Excision declared his intent to launch an imprint that would cater to various types of bass music: the heavy, the experimental, and the emotive. Since Subsidia‘s installation nearly two years ago, Excision has funneled tracks from ascendant talent in the bass scene across three corresponding compilation series, Dusk, Dark, and Dawn. Now on its fifth volume, Subsidia Dawn is continuing Excision’s relatively newfound tradition of underscoring the names that warrant early recognition in the emotive bass context with 11 originals from a variety of artists. Among them is a Dancing Astronaut Artist to Watch in 2022, Swole Sauce, who closes out the LP with Dante Levo and Diana Inez on “You Never Run.” Of note, it’s far from Swole Sauce and Inez’s first toe around the collaborator ring; the two are noteworthy for their work on several Swole Sauce productions, including “Ashes.”

Subsidia Dawn: Vol. 5 also features selections from Crankdat, Stryer, Soar, Killin’ Void, and an assortment of other acts who deal in melodic-bass. Stream Subsidia Dawn: Vol. 5 below.

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