‘Always with us V’ – Lewis Hamilton remembers Louis Vuitton designer and close friend Virgil Abloh with a tribute to the coach

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LEWIS HAMILTON has revealed another moving tribute to the late Louis Vuitton designer and close friend Virgil Abloh with his new sneakers.

The seven-time Formula 1 world champion, 37, took to social media last November following the death of the 41-year-old.

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Lewis Hamilton has revealed his final tribute to his late friend Virgil AblohCredit: Unknown, clear with photo office
The late designer Louis Vuitton, pictured with the F1 ace, died in November

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The late designer Louis Vuitton, pictured with the F1 ace, died in NovemberCredit: Getty

Now, he’s decided to honor his memory again by showing off his new designer sneakers which feature the word “Virgil” on the side with a copyright logo and “2020” inscribed.

Along with the snap of his sneaks on his Instagram story, he also captioned it with, “Always with us V.”

Hamilton – who confirmed he WILL be in Canada this weekend despite suffering excruciating back pain as he took fourth in Sunday’s Azerbaijan GP – shared a photo of the couple posing together, the two kissing and a short video hugging at an event after his death.

In a heartfelt message, the British racing driver wrote to his 25.4 million Instagram followers: “I’ve spent the last day trying to think of what to say but words fail me as I try to to accept the reality of Virgil’s passing.

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“Yesterday’s news left me in shock. A few weeks ago, Virgil and I were texting about working together, collaborating and dreaming. Wait a minute, you’re here and the next, you’re gone.

“Virgil showed us that dreams, no matter how big, can always come true. He was a visionary, someone who always pushed the limits and never let anything or anyone hold him back.

“He was always the nicest guy in the room and in his short time really was a game-changer and inspired so many of us to see fashion in a different light.

“An icon and legend who will live forever – we will never forget what he did for black culture.

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“I am completely grateful to him for always including me, seeing me and supporting me.

“My thoughts and prayers are with his beloved wife Shannon and his two children Lowe and Grey. There is nothing more precious than time.”

Abloh founded fashion brand Off-White in 2012, worked closely with Kanye West and was also the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection from 2018 until his death.

With Hamilton also passionate about fashion, the couple struck up a friendship.

Besides being a fashion designer, Abloh was also an entrepreneur and a DJ.

He received a degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and later earned a master’s degree in architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

But American Abloh secretly suffered from a rare and aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma, before his death.


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