West dedicated his Sunday Service to Abloh, who served as the creative director at Donda, the rapper's creative agency named after his late mother.
"In loving memory of Virgil Abloh, the creative director of Donda," the screen read for his Sunday Service livestream.
During the service, the choir sang new lyrics set to Adele's "Easy on Me,” off her new album, 30.
"Go easy on me, father," the choir harmonized on the reworked chorus of the song. “I am still your child/ And I need a chance to/ Feel your love around.”
West had been a big supporter of Abloh over the years, most notably breaking down in tears after Abloh presented his first menswear collection for Louis Vuitton at the garden of the Palais-Royal during Paris Men’s Fashion Week in 2018. It was a monumental moment for the designer, who was hired as LV's menswear artistic director that same year, making the Off-White founder the first Black designer to be at the helm of the French maison.
The two pals, both Chicago natives, began working together in 2002, and in 2010, Abloh was named creative director at Donda. Adding to his resume, Abloh earned a GRAMMY nomination after directing West and JAY-Z's album, Watch the Throne, in 2011, and during the LV show, the designer also used West's song, "I Thought About Killing You."
West's ex, Kim Kardashian shared her own tribute to Abloh on Monday, sharing several never-before-seen photos of her alongside her estranged husband and the late designer.
"God doesn’t make mistakes. I know that but I still can’t help but ask why. Why Virgil?! Why him so soon? it’s simply hard to understand why. I have a hard time understanding why so many pure souls were taken away so early," an emotional Kardashian wrote. "Virgil- you were always so gentle, kind and calm. You somehow made time for everyone. We also talked about your superpower of calmness often. You always gave so much of yourself to the world because you wanted it to be doper."
She continued, "This one is hard to process. I can’t even believe I am writing this… We will miss you so much Virgil and love you so much. Also I would love to send so much love to his wife Shannon. Because you loved and supported Virgil the way that you did, he was able to give so much of himself everyone else. So thank you truly for sharing him with us the way that you did. Virgil’s legacy will live on forever through Shannon, Lowe and Grey. 🕊"
Abloh's family shared the news of his tragic passing Sunday morning, revealing that the designer had died following a private battle with a "rare, aggressive" form of cancer called cardiac angiosarcoma. The family noted that Abloh chose to keep his diagnosis private while he continued his work in the world of fashion.
"For over two years, Virgil valiantly battled a rare, aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma. 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," his family shared in a statement.
"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," the message noted. "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."
His family concluded their statement by asking for privacy as they grieve Abloh while also celebrating his life and legacy.