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Kanye West has dedicated his latest Sunday Service to Virgil Abloh, who passed away on Sunday at age 41 after a two-year battle with cancer.

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The service was held hours after Abloh's family announced on Instagram that the late designer had died from "a rare, aggressive form of cancer" called cardiac angiosarcoma.

"In loving memory of Virgil Abloh, the creative director of Donda," West, 44, wrote in a message that remained on the site after the event.

During the service, West's choir delivered an emotional rendition of Adele's hit single "Easy on Me" from her new album 30, featuring a revised section of the song.

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Mourning an icon. Virgil Abloh died in Chicago on Sunday, November 28, after a private cancer battle, and Hollywood is paying tribute to the late 41-year-old designer. Kanye West dedicated his Sunday Service to his friend. The pair’s relationship dates back nearly 20 years, according to the New York Times. Abloh joined the rapper’s creative team, and they both interned at Fendi together for six months in 2009 to learn every aspect of the fashion industry. In 2010, Abloh became the creative director of West’s Donda. “In loving memory of Virgil Abloh, the creative director of Donda,” West wrote on his website for the Sunday Service live stream, which was broadcast hours after the designer’s death. Abloh earned a Grammy nomination for directing West and Jay-Z‘s “Watch the Throne” in 2011. He later branched out to launch his own brand, Off-White, and was named artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear in 2018. West openly shed tears after his friend’s first runway show with Louis Vuitton during Paris Men’s Fashion Week in June 2018.     Despite his worsening illness, the creative was planning to attend the French fashion house’s show in Miami on Tuesday. The first Black designer to be an artistic director at LV kept his cancer diagnosis quiet. “For over two years, Virgil valiantly battled a rare, aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma,” his family shared in a statement via Instagram on Sunday. “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.” The statement continued, “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 designer is survived by his wife Shannon Abloh, his children Lowe Abloh and Grey Abloh as well as sister Edwina Abloh and parents Nee and Eunice Abloh. While the family mourns, emotional tributes have come pouring out of Hollywood. Virgil’s influence was not limited to the “Jesus Walks” rapper. Scroll down to see the how stars are honoring the Off-White creator:

For the first verse, the choir performed a modified set of lyrics. "I know your love flows like a river, and I could wash myself in it forever," they 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 chorus' lyrics were also tweaked: "Go easy on me, father. I am still your child, and I need a chance to feel your love around."

Both Chicago natives, Abloh and West began working together in 2002, according to Vogue, and collaborated on various projects throughout the years, including the rapper's 2011 joint album with JAY-Z called Watch the Throne, which led to a Grammy nomination for Abloh.

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Despite undergoing "numerous challenging treatments" while ill, Abloh's family said the late designer didn't stray from his artistic self.

"Through it all, his work ethic, infinite curiosity, and optimism never wavered," the family said on Instagram. "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."

They added, "We thank you all for your love and support, and we ask for privacy as we grieve and celebrate Virgil's life."

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Louis Vuitton show pays tribute to designer Virgil Abloh .
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Louis Vuitton's first ever U.S. fashion show turned into a somber yet whimsical tribute to groundbreaking designer Virgil Abloh days after his death. The Miami menswear event, an unofficial kickoff to the prestigious Art Basel fair, had been in the works for months. Guests were ferried by yachts to the star-studded affair held on an island. Celebrity attendees, including Kim Kardashian West and her daughter North, Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, model Bella Hadid, Joe Jonas, Maluma and Pharrell, arrived in sleek LV monogrammed silver speedboats.

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