Virgil Abloh's memorial service: Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Drake and more pay respect


Virgil Abloh’s memorial service: Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, and Drake lead A-listers paying respect to the iconic Louis Vuitton and Off-White fashion designer in his hometown of Chicago

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Virgil Abloh’s memorial service was held on Monday in his hometown of Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art. 

A-listers and close friends of the late Louis Vuitton and Off-White designer including Kanye West, Kim Kardashian Rihanna, Drake and more all gathered to pay their respect. 

Abloh tragically passed on Sunday, November 28 at the age of 41 following a private battle with cardiac angiosarcoma and had sought a number treatments before his death.  

A beautiful life: A-listers and close friends of the late Virgil Abloh  including Kanye West, Kim Kardashian Rihanna, Drake and more all gathered to pay their respect at his memorial service on Monday held at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art

A beautiful life: A-listers and close friends of the late Virgil Abloh  including Kanye West, Kim Kardashian Rihanna, Drake and more all gathered to pay their respect at his memorial service on Monday held at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art

Gone too soon: Abloh tragically passed on Sunday, November 28 at the age of 41 following a private battle with cardiac angiosarcoma and had sought a number treatments before his death

Gone too soon: Abloh tragically passed on Sunday, November 28 at the age of 41 following a private battle with cardiac angiosarcoma and had sought a number treatments before his death 

There was not a dry eye in the room as celebrities, family and friends gathered at 12PM on December 6 to celebrate the life of Abloh in a large room which was adorned with several extravagant floral displays.

The tearful day included a moving performance by a tearful Lauryn Hill, and eulogies from many including his wife Shannon Abloh and Tyler The Creator who also broke down.  

Stories about the prolific designer’s life were shared and Pastor Don C spoke as well to a room of hundreds. 

A memorial pamphlet read ‘A service in loving memory of Virgil Abloh’ and featured an image of the designer on the back cover.   

Devastating loss: Kanye West was in attendance as he paid respect to his long-term collaborator and lifelong friend

Devastating loss: Kanye West was in attendance as he paid respect to his long-term collaborator and lifelong friend

Condolences: Rihanna and A$AP Rocky were in attendance to celebrate the life of the late Louis Vuitton and Off-White designer as well

Condolences: Rihanna and A$AP Rocky were in attendance to celebrate the life of the late Louis Vuitton and Off-White designer as well

Showing support: Kim Kardashian looked stylish in a pant suit as she supported her friend and the longtime colleague of her estranged husband

Showing support: Kim Kardashian looked stylish in a pant suit as she supported her friend and the longtime colleague of her estranged husband 

Additional family members including Virgil’s children Lowe and Grey Abloh, his sister Edwina Abloh, and his parents Nee and Eunice Abloh were in attendance to mark his life on what was undoubtedly a somber occasion. 

Kendall Jenner, Vic Mensa, Frank Ocean, and A$AP Rocky joined the aforementioned A-listers to pay their respects as well as they all leaned on each other for support.  

During one prayer Drake was seen on stage opposite West as they all bowed their heads wearing sunglasses.   

Leaning on each other: During one speech given West was glimpsed on stage with Drake on the opposite end who bowed his head in sunglasses

Leaning on each other: During one speech given West was glimpsed on stage with Drake on the opposite end who bowed his head in sunglasses 

Large gathering: Hundreds of people gathered at the memorial service at 12PM on Monday including notable celebrities who gathered on stage while one of many speeches was given

Large gathering: Hundreds of people gathered at the memorial service at 12PM on Monday including notable celebrities who gathered on stage while one of many speeches was given 

Fond memories: Anecdotes about Abloh's life were told by many close to him including big names in the music and fashion industry

Fond memories: Anecdotes about Abloh’s life were told by many close to him including big names in the music and fashion industry 

Virgil’s wife Shannon was seen sheathed in black with sunglasses as she eulogized her husband of 12 years. 

She was seen wiping her tears mid sentence as she mourned the loss of Abloh who she married in 2009. 

The couple who share two children kept their relationship largely out of the spotlight but she was offered condolences by all who knew both Abloh and the family well upon news of his passing.  

Heartbroken: Virgil's wife Shannon was seen sheathed in black with sunglasses as she eulogized her husband of 12 years

Heartbroken: Virgil’s wife Shannon was seen sheathed in black with sunglasses as she eulogized her husband of 12 years 

By his side: Shannon and Virgil married in 2009 and she was by his side as he battled cardiac angiosarcoma and underwent treatments in private

By his side: Shannon and Virgil married in 2009 and she was by his side as he battled cardiac angiosarcoma and underwent treatments in private 

Tearful performance: Lauryn Hill could not help but to wipe away tears during her performance

Tearful performance: Lauryn Hill could not help but to wipe away tears during her performance  

Mid-set: Hill had to stop her song to wipe away tears after getting choked up while the band behind her played on

Mid-set: Hill had to stop her song to wipe away tears after getting choked up while the band behind her played on

Mourning: Following Abloh's passing Hill had written on Instagram 'May God cover and comfort the family and loved ones of Virgil Abloh

Mourning: Following Abloh’s passing Hill had written on Instagram ‘May God cover and comfort the family and loved ones of Virgil Abloh

Kanye — a long-term collaborator and life-long friend of Abloh — was seen arriving in all black as he sported a hoodie layered under a winter coat and leather gloves. 

The Donda rapper first became close with Abloh as both landed an internship at Fendi in in Rome in 2009 and continued to collaborate together for many years to come.   

Following Abloh’s passing West had dedicated one of his Sunday Services to the designer and wiped his Instagram feed clean of all images. 

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