Kanye West is mourning the devastating loss of Virgil Abloh. Kanye West paid tribute to his longtime friend Virgil Abloh by dedicating his entire November 28 edition of Sunday Service to him. Kanye dedicated his album to his dear friend just hours after his death was revealed.
The rapper dedicated Sunday Service to his beloved friend and the “creative director of Donda.” Kanye went live on November 28 but kept up his message DondaLive.com website. “In Loving Memory of Virgil Abloh… The Creative Director of Donda.”
Kanye’s choir sang a rendition of Adele’s “Easy on Me.” Some of the lyrics were changed for Sunday Service. “I know your love flows like a river, and I could wash myself in it forever,” the chorus sang. “I know there is hope in these waters, but I can’t bring myself to swim when I am drowning in my sin.” The lyrics of the chorus were also changed to, “Go easy on me, Father. I am still your child, and I need a chance to feel your love around.”
The fashion designer was just 41 years old. He passed away on November 28 after a private battle with cancer. The family revealed on his Instagram that Virgil had been battling a “rare, aggressive form of cancer” called cardiac angiosarcoma. He is Fighting it for over 2 years. He is survived by his wife, Shannon, and his two kids, Lowe and Grey.
According to Vogue, Kanye and Virgil met in 2002 and began working together around that time they were both interns at Fendi in 2009. Virgil became the creative director of Donda, Kanye’s creative agency, in 2010. He earned a Grammy nomination for Best Recording Package for Watch the Throne. Virgil served as the art director of Kanye and JAY-Z’s album. Virgil also notably designed some of Kanye’s album covers, including My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Yeezus.
Kanye and Virgil’s friendship was visible in 2019 at the Louis Vuitton Men’s show. Virgil was made the creative director of Louis Vuitton Men’s. After the Paris fashion show ended, Virgil and Kanye shared an emotional hug on the runway.