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Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Pharrell Williams and more pay tribute to the late Virgil Abloh in Miami


L-R: Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Virgil Abloh in 2018; Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Kanye West was among the stars that attended the first-ever Louis Vuitton United States fashion show Tuesday night in Miami, which became a somber tribute to he late LV artistic director Virgil Abloh, who passed away Sunday.

Kanye was there with his estranged wife, Kim Kardashian, and their daughter, North. The celebrity list also included Pharrell Williams, as well as Kid Cudi and Erykah Badu, who performed at the after-party, according to Billboard.

During the show, a giant, red LV monogrammed hot air balloon puffed flames as Abloh’s voice was heard in the background. The event ended as his voice was heard again, saying, “Life is short. You can’t waste even a day subscribing to what someone thinks you can do versus knowing what you can do.”

As previously reported, Abloh passed away Sunday after a private two-year battle with cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare, aggressive form of cancer. He was 41. Virgil was the founder of fashion brand Off-White and the first African American to serve as artistic director for Louis Vuitton.

On Tuesday, Vic Mensa — who, like Abloh, grew up in Chicago — released the tribute song, “What You Taught Us.

“Virgil Abloh is synonymous with visionary. To see him go from DJing Superfun parties in Chicago that Hollywood Holt would sneak me in when I was 16 to revolutionizing the way we think about design and its applications is a true inspiration to a generation that was blessed to be raised under his tutelage,” Mensa says in a statement, adding, “Legends never die.”

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