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Virgil Abloh: 5 Things About The Iconic Louis Vuitton & Off-White Designer Dead At 41

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Virgil Abloh: 5 Things About The Iconic Louis Vuitton & Off-White Designer Dead At 41

Design icon Virgil Abloh, who was formerly Kanye West’s Creative Director, has passed away after a private battle with cancer.

The fashion world is mourning over the loss of Virgil Abloh at 41-years-old. The Illinois native was the Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton and creator of iconic contemporary label Off-White who worked closely with a number of celebrities over the years, including Kanye West and Hailey Baldwin. The news of his death after a private two-year battle with cancer was announced via his Instagram page.

Virgil Abloh. (Gregory Pace/Shutterstock)

“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 message began, going on to share details of his health battle.

“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 read.

“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,” it also said. “We thank you all for your love and support, and we ask for privacy as we grieve and celebrate Virgil’s life.”

Learn more about Virgil here.

He was from Illinois.

Virgil was born on September 30, 1980 in Rockford, Illinois to parents Nee and Eunice Abloh. He is one two siblings, and is the older brother of his sister Edwina, 46.

After completing his high school diploma at Boylan Catholic High School, he went on to pursue his post-secondary studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering in 2002. He fell in love with fashion while studying for a  Master of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he graduated in 2006.

He worked with Kanye West.

Virgil Abloh first met rapper Kanye West in 2007 while on the steps of Chicago print shop Custom Kings after Don C had commissioned the young designer for some work.

“Kanye wasn’t going to put his art form in the hands of the art department at the record label. So he was like, ‘I am going to hire you, and let’s literally work on this 24–7, laptop in hand, nonstop,’” Virgil recalled to GQ in 2019. “So more than any title, I was just his assistant creatively. I believed that this was going to be another chapter in hip-hop,” he explained.

The pair then collaborated on Kanye’s first sneaker collaboration with Louis Vuitton back in 2009, which put streetwear on the map in a big way. “When Kanye and I were first going to fashion shows, there was no one outside the shows. Streetwear wasn’t on anyone’s radar, but the sort of chatter at dinners after shows was like ‘Fashion needs something new. It’s stagnant. What’s the new thing going to be?’ That was the timeline on which I was crafting my ideas,” Virgil also said. The two also interned together at Fendi.

He later worked as creative director on Kanye and Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne album and tour in 2011.

He was Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton.

Virgil took the reigns of Louis Vuitton‘s mens line as Artistic Director in 2018 — a role formerly held by fellow fashion icon Marc Jacobs. “When I was in college, Marc Jacobs was the American designer that went to Europe and injected life into Louis Vuitton by bringing Takashi Murakami or Stephen Sprouse,” Virgil said a year after the history making appointment, which made him the first Black person to lead the French luxury house’s mens line.

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Virgil Abloh attends the Met. (RMV/Shutterstock)

“When I stepped into the role, my office is [Marc’s] exact same office. I’m coming in at a time to re-interpret or channel this brand into the modern era. And I’m very much following in the steps of someone who I admire and put a great deal of belief into. I was carrying on a tradition that I believed in,” Virgil also said.

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Louis Vuitton remembers Virgil Abloh. (Credit/Twitter)

LVMH, the parent company of Louis Vuitton, also issued a statement paying tribute to Virgil after his death. “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,” a tweet read, including a statement from chairman Bernard Arnault.

“We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom,” Bernard wrote.

He created Off-White.

Off-White has become one of the most influential contemporary fashion labels in recent years, blending high fashion and streetwear. American-born Virgil founded the label in Milan back in 2012, which quickly went on to become a celebrity favorite worn by the likes of Rihanna, Kylie Jenner, Beyonce, Travis Scott and more.

He also designed Hailey Baldwin’s wedding dress for her nuptials to Justin Bieber in 2019.  “@virgilabloh thank you for making my vision come to life and creating my dream dress. You and your @off____white team are incredible and I’m forever grateful I got to wear your beautiful creation,” she wrote on an Instagram post after the wedding. The backless gown included a long veil that included one of Virgil’s signature design traits of bold text statements, this one appropriately reading “Just Married.”

He has a family.

Virgil married wife Shannon Abloh (née Sundberg) in 2009 after initially meeting in high school. The couple are parents to kids Lowe and Grey.

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Barbara Walters’ Spouses: Everything To Know About Her 3 Marriages & The One Man She Married Twice

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Yes, Barbara Walters had three husbands but was married four times. Here’s how that came to be and everything else you need to know about her ex-husbands.

Barbara Walters is a renowned journalist. She has interviewed an immeasurable number of celebrities including Donald Trump, Tom Cruise and Oprah Winfrey, and hosted shows like 20/20 and The Today Show. However, she is best known for creating and starring on The View. She launched the popular all-female daytime talk show in 1997. She lead firey debates on the series until she announced her retirement from television in 2014.

As far as her personal life goes, the journalist and TV personality was married four times. However, she only had four husbands. While this may seem like on of those brain-teasing riddles, there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation. Here’s how Barbara Walters got married four times and everything you need to know about her three husbands.

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Barbara Walters was married to Robert Henry Katz from 1955 to 1957. (Dave Pickoff/AP/Shutterstock)

Robert Henry Katz was Barbara’s first husband. He has had a fulfilling life as a former Navy lieutenant and business executive. He and Barbara got married on June 20, 1955, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. She was just 26 years old at the time and her career in journalism hadn’t taken off yet. Unfortunately, their marriage didn’t last long. They filed for divorce in 1957 and had their marriage annulled in 1958.

Lee Guber

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Barbara Walters was married to Lee Guber from 1963 to 1976. (AP/Shutterstock)

Lee Guber was Barbara’s second husband. Lee was also involved in the entertainment industry as a theatrical producer and theater owner. They wed on December 8, 1963, as Barbara was in the early stages of her journey at NBC’s The Today Show. A few years into their marriage, they explored the option of having children. Unfortunately, they struggled to have a child on their own biologically which lead them down the path of adoption. When their friends who were looking to adopt a boy were offered a girl, Barbara and Lee jumped at the opportunity. They adopted Jacqueline Dena Guber when she was an infant in 1968. Barbara and Lee got divorced after 13 years of marriage in 1976 when their daughter was just eight years old.

Merv Adelson

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Barbara Walters and Merv Adelson were married from 1981 to 1984 and then 1986 to 1992. (Mark Terrill/AP/Shutterstock)

Merv Adelson is the lucky husband that got to marry Barbara not once but twice. The two met on a blind date that one could say went exceedingly well. Barbara got married to the CEO of Lorimar Television in 1981 as her career was booming and she was getting started on 20/20. The pair ended up divorcing in 1984, the year she landed the co-host spot on 20/20 alongside Hugh Downs.

They attempted to rekindle their relationship and even got married again in 1986. Unfortunately, the second time wasn’t a charm for them and they ended up splitting again in 1992. Barbara, however, didn’t hold their marriages not working out against him. “Merv was a kind and gentle man with a great sense of humor,” Barbara told The New York Times. “We stayed friends long after our marriage.”

Merv was a big name in the entertainment industry aside from dating Barbara. He was known as the mogul behind hit shows like The Waltons and Dallas. However, his ventures weren’t limited to the entertainment industry. He branched out and invested in the idea of a “24-hour market” opening Market Town off the Vegas strip in 1953. He paired up with a man named Molasky to open the Las Vegas Country Club which was funded by mob boss Moe Dalitz. Merv and the rest of them were exposed in 1963’s “The Green Felt Jungle.” Merv insisted to Vanity Fair in 2013.

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Pamela Anderson Realized She Married Dan Hayhurst For ‘Wrong Reasons’: Why Romance Stopped ‘Working’

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Sources are EXCLUSIVELY revealing how Pamela Anderson’s reflecting on her divorce from Dan Hayhurst after a little over a year of marriage.

Pamela Anderson is divorcing from her bodyguard husband Dan Hayhurst of a little more than a year and now, a source close to the actress is revealing her feelings about the split. “Pamela got married to Dan for the wrong reasons. She was in lust, not love. And because they were in the middle of a pandemic, he really helped to get her through that dark time,” a source EXCLUSIVELY revealed to HollywoodLife.

“They quarantined together and it was beautiful. The emotions were so raw and he was exactly what Pamela needed at the time. But right before the holidays, Pamela realized that this wasn’t working for either one of them,” the insider shared. “First off, she did not like living in Canada. She is a California girl through and through and not being close to her sons really got to her. It is over and the divorce is going through but there is no bad blood.  You won’t hear either one of them talking bad about the other one. It just didn’t work anymore.”

Pamela Anderson (Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock).

An additional source close to the family told us that Pam’s sons Brandon and Dylan are “extremely supportive of their mom no matter what” and that they’re “glad she’s back in LA” to spend more quality time together. “Brandon and Dylan trust that their mom knows what’s best for her and that she makes the best decisions for herself,” the insider spilled. “They’re proud that she is able to know what she wants in someone and would never settle for less. They know their mom thought this marriage would last forever, so they’re disappointed for her that it didn’t work out but they love their mom and whatever makes her happy makes them happy.”

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Pamela Anderson (People Picture/Willi Schneider/Shutterstock).

Pamela got married in a private, intimate ceremony over the 2020 holidays to Dan. The pair began dating in Sept. 2020 seven months after Pam’s split from movie mogul Jon Peters. They were living at Pamela’s Vancouver island home but now the Baywatch actress is moved back to Malibu and has taken off her ring. This will be her 5th divorce.

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How Kim Kardashian Feels About Kanye West Dissing Pete Davidson In Song Lyrics

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Sources close to the Kardashians EXCLUSIVELY reveal Kim’s feelings regarding those feud-baiting lyrics of ex Kanye West’s about her new beau, Pete Davidson.

After Kim Kardashian‘s ex Kanye West released a new track, “Eazy,” which talked about beating her new flame Pete Davidson‘s “a–,” fans wondered about how Kim felt about the ordeal. “Kim doesn’t think that Kanye is doing himself any favors by bashing Pete. If anything, it’s only making them grow closer because Pete’s sympathizing with Kim throughout this ordeal,” a source close to Kim revealed EXCLUSIVELY to HollywoodLife. “Kim figured by divorcing Kanye that there would be some distance between them. But Kanye is trying to spend more time with Kim than they did when they were married. She just thinks Kanye wants what he can’t have and she’s not paying any attention to it.”

Kanye West & Kim Kardashian (MediaPunch/Shutterstock).

In addition, another source shared with us that Kanye was “clearly trying to get a reaction out of Kim or out of Pete,” but Kim is smart enough to tell her new beau to “leave it alone” and not react. “She knows that staying silent is the best way to deal with this because, ultimately, Kanye will unravel on his own,” they shared. “She doesn’t want her, or her relationship with Pete, used as part of Kanye’s victim party. Pete isn’t scared of Kanye at all and, if this were any other time, he would use SNL to fire back at him. But because Pete respects her, he is not going to say anything about this – at least not right now,” they shared. “The only thing that Kim wants from Kanye is for their divorce to be finalized and for a clean break.”

Pete Davidson

Lucky for Kim, her new boyfriend is definitely on her side and unwilling to fan the flames of the feud. “Pete is going to take the high road when it comes to dissing Kanye in a stand-up act or SNL,” another insider also revealed to HL. “He may eventually talk about it in a interview down the line but right now the way the relationship is going with Kim and the way his career is going he is not going to latch on controversy if he doesn’t have to.”

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