Ed Hardy Designer Christian Audigier Dies at 57 | NBC Chicago

Ed Hardy Designer Christian Audigier Dies at 57

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    Designer Christian Audigier attends the lauch of the Christian Audigier Lounge on November 9, 2009 in Paris, France.

    Ed Hardy designer Christian Audigier has passed away at age 57.

    His longtime publicist Michele Elyzabeth told LATF USA, "I just heard the news and I am truly devastated. Christian was an incredibly brilliant man. He will be missed."

    Earlier this year, Audigier told TMZ he had been diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), the same rare blood disorder Robin Roberts was diagnosed with in 2012.

    Per TMZ, Audigier was undergoing chemotherapy up until he received a bone marrow transplant on March 19.

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    The French fashion mogul, who was also responsible for the Von Dutch trucker hat phenomenon, reportedly leaves behind an estimated fortune of $250 million.

    His designs were worn by countless celebrities, including the likes of Michael Jackson, Britney Spears and Madonna.

    The brand, as well as others with which Audigier was associated, continued to achieve commercial success despite this perceived public image setback.

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