Virgil Abloh, artistic director for Louis Vuitton and Off-White founder, has passed after years of secretly battling cancer.

“Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom,” LVMH CEO Bernard Anault said.

TMZ reports that Abloh was the first black man to hold this position at Louis Vuitton. Abloh is survived by his wife Shannon and two children.