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R.I.P: Off-White Founder Virgil Abloh Dead At 41 Following Private Battle With Cancer

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R.I.P: Off-White Founder Virgil Abloh Dead At 41 Following Private Battle With Cancer

Virgil Abloh has passed away at the age of 41.

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The Off-White founder died on Sunday, November 28 following a private, years-long battle with cancer. The news was announced in a statement on on social media by LVMH, Louis Vuitton and Off-White. Virgil was named the menswear artistic director for Louis Vuitton in 2018, making him the first African-American designer at the European label since it was founded in 1854.

“LVMH, Louis Vuitton and Off-White are devastated to announce the passing of Virgil Abloh, on Sunday, November 28th, of cancer, which he had been battling privately for several years,” the caption read.

“We are all shocked after this terrible news,” said Chief Executive Officer of LVMH Bernard Arnault in a statement. “Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and feat wisdom. The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we  are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother or their friend.”

The news was also posted to Virgil’s personal Instagram account, where they went further in depth into the battle he fought against cancer over the past few years.

“We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend. He is survived by his loving wife Shannon Abloh, his children Lowe Abloh and Grey Abloh, his sister Edwina Abloh, his parents Nee and Eunice Abloh, and numerous dear friends and colleagues,” the post reads.

“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,” it continues. “Through it all, his work ethic, infinite curiosity, and optimism never wavered. Virgil was driven by his dedication to his craft and to his mission to open doors for others and create pathways for greater equality in art and design. He often said, “Everything I do is for the 17-year-old version of myself,” believing deeply in the power of art to inspire future generations.”

The family concluded, “We thank you all for your love and support, and we ask for privacy as we grieve and celebrate Virgil’s life.”

Rest In Peace, Virgil Abloh.

 

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Janet Jackson, Kid Cudi & More Stars Send Love To Regina King After Tragic Death Of Her Son Ian

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Regina received an outpouring of support from celebrities as she mourns the loss of her only child to suicide.

Hollywood is sending out their love and support to Regina King as she mourns the loss of her only child. Janet Jackson, Kid Cudi, Josh Gad and more celebrities expressed sadness upon hearing the tragic news that Regina’s son Ian Alexander Jr. died by suicide at the age of 26. Many of the social media posts included heartbreaking photos of the mother and son, while others simply shared their heartfelt condolences.

Celebrities reacted to the tragic death of Regina King’s son Ian Alexander Jr. (Phil Mccarten/Invision/AP/Shutterstock)

I’m so sorry to hear about Ian,” wrote Janet, alongside a snap of Regina leaning her head on Ian. “Please know that I am here for u @iamreginaking. Sending all my love, prayers and condolences.” Kid Cudi tweeted, “My heart hurts for Regina King and her family. God please watch over them.”

Josh posted, “My love, my prayers, my thoughts, my everything go out to @ReginaKing and her family tonight. My heart breaks. Sending you nothing but light,” while fellow actor Patricia Arquette wrote, “Sending love light and prayers to Regina king and her family.” Rapper TI shared a gorgeous photo of Regina and Ian with a broken heart emoji.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Garcelle Beauvais took to Twitter to write, “My heart breaks for you @ReginaKing Ian was sweet & kind,” while Khloe Kardashian’s ex Lamar Odom posted, “May your soul find its eternal peace in the arms of our Savior @iamreginaking sending you love and prayers during this time.”

The amazing support and love from Tinseltown’s best and brightest comes after Regina announced the tragic death of Ian on Saturday (January 22). “Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian,” Regina, 51, said in a statement, per People. “He is such a bright light who cared so deeply about the happiness of others. Our family asks for respectful consideration during this private time. Thank you.” HollywoodLife has reached out to Regina’s reps for comment.

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Jennie Nguyen Not Fired From RHOSLC, Will Be Confronted by “Outraged” Costars Amid Season 3

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RHOSLC's Jennie Nguyen Caught Sharing Racist Post About a Certain "Demographic," Suggesting Police Brutality Isn't Real, and Suggesting George Floyd Overdosed

Jennie Nguyen may have shared despicable posts against the Black community amid the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020 but she’s reportedly still part of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City cast.

Amid calls for her firing, an insider has revealed that Jennie’s future on the show has not yet been decided. And, when it comes to her current status, she’s allegedly still in production on the upcoming third season with her castmates who are said to be “outraged” by her behavior.

“It’s raw, but warranted,” the source told Entertainment Tonight on January 21, adding that they plan to “hit [Jennie] hard” on camera and “won’t tolerate racism.”

While the ladies of RHOSLC have shared statements against racism in the days since Jennie’s scandal broke, the insider said they’ve been cautious (aside from Jen Shah) about their wordings in posts because their contracts prohibit them from spoiling any storylines that will be addressed on future episodes of the show.

“It’s still very early on. Who knows what’s going to happen with Jennie? She may not stick around for the whole season,” the source continued.

Although Page Six reported on January 21 that Whitney Rose was still following Jennie as of Friday afternoon, she unfollowed her sometime between then and now, and the rest of the cast has unfollowed her as well.

Following the resurfacing of Jennie’s Facebook posts, the RHOSLC newbie offered an apology on her Instagram page.

“I want to acknowledge and apologize for my deleted Facebook posts from 2020 that resurfaced today. At the time, I thought I was speaking out against violence, but I have since learned how offensive and hurtful my words were. It’s why I deactivated that account more than a year ago and why I continue to try to learn about perspectives different from my own. I regret those posts and am sincerely sorry for the pain they have caused,” she wrote.

Meanwhile, Bravo and Andy Cohen remained silent, which was upsetting for many fans.

“[Bravo and Andy Cohen], the silence is NOT ok. This should have been addressed by now,” one person wrote as they thanked Lisa Barlow for speaking out about her disappointment in Jennie’s “harmful and hurtful” messages.

And, in response to the post, Lisa revealed that the issue will be addressed on Sunday.

“We addressed Wednesday. You will [see] Sunday,” she confirmed.

Lisa Barlow Claims RHOSLC Cast Will Address Jennie Nguyen Racism on WWHL on Sunday

What Lisa didn’t say is where the topic would be addressed.

The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City season two airs Sundays at 9/8c on Bravo.

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Dick Van Dyke’s Children: Everything to Know About The 96-Year-Old Star’s 4 Kids

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The legendary star of TV and film who won five Emmys, a Tony and a Grammy has four amazing children. Find out all about them here!

The legendary actor Dick Van Dyke has had one of the most impressive careers in Hollywood. Born on December 13, 1925 in Missouri, Dick got his start in radio as a DJ before touring nightclubs with a comedic mime act. At the age of 34, he landed the lead role of Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie, which earned him a Tony! Dick became a household name when he starred in his own sitcom from 1961 to 1966 called The Dick Van Dyke Show, which also featured Mary Tyler Moore as his wife. On the big screen, the comedian would win hearts in Mary Poppins alongside Julie Andrews and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, where he played a loveable screwball inventor. Later in his career, he would find a new legion of fans for his TV series Diagnosis: Murder, which ran on CBS from 1993 to 2001.

Barry Van Dyke, Carrie Beth Van Dyke, Dick Van Dyke and Christian Van Dyke pose together on a studio lot. (Anonymous/AP/Shutterstock)

In his personal life, Dick has married twice: to Margerie Willett from 1948 to 1984 and to Arlene Silver in 2012. His marriage to Margerie saw the couple welcome four children: Christian, Barry, Stacy and Carrie Beth. Find out all about them, below.

Christian Van Dyke

Christian is Dick and Margerie’s first-born child, although his birthdate is not publicly known. He appeared alongside his famous father on The Dick Van Dyke Show before taking a more conventional career path. Christian became an attorney and also worked as a marketing director for Nike USA, according to Glamour Path.

Christian welcomed daughter Jessica Lee Van Dyke with his wife Carline A. Heller on January 1, 1974 in Phoenix, per the outlet. Sadly, she reportedly died at the age of 13 in 1987 due to a rare disease.

Barry Van Dyke

Born on July 31, 1951 in Atlanta, Barry grew up to follow in his father’s footsteps. After appearing alongside his brother Christian in The Dick Van Dyke Show as a child, Barry would reunite onscreen with dad Dick for Diagnosis: Murder in a lead role. He would go on to make appearances in such 1980s hits like Remington Steele, The Love Boat, Magnum, P.I. and The Dukes of Hazzard.

In a 1987 interview for Born Famous, Barry spoke about how his father let him choose his path in Hollywood. “I think he wanted me to find my own way, in my own time and to be able to feel like I had done it on my own. So, I appreciate that.”

In 1974, he married Mary Carey. The couple would go on to welcome four of their own children: Carey, Shane, Wes and Taryn.

Carrie Beth Van Dyke

Carrie Beth is the third child of Dick and Margie. Following her older brothers’ leads, she tried her hand in acting as well, appearing in two episodes of The New Dick Van Dyke Show in 1971 as a Girl Scout. Carrie Beth has no other credits to her name and being quite the private person, little is known about her, other than she married Kevin McNally in 1983, and the couple welcomed two children together, according to IMDB.

Stacy Van Dyke

As the youngest of Dick and Margie’s brood, Stacy still got a bit of the acting bug. She made an appearance on The New Dick Van Dyke Show in 1971. Years later, she landed a role on The Mike Douglas Show, according to Closer. Much like her older sister, Stacy is a very private person and stays out of the spotlight. Other than a part in 2002’s Diagnosis Murder: Town Without Pity, little else is known about Stacy.

 

 

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