Takeoff, one-third of the Migos, was confirmed dead aged 28 yesterday after a shooting in Houston, Texas.
The rapper, real name Kirshnik Khari Ball, had been at a private party with his bandmate and uncle, Quavo, late on Monday (October 31st). Fellow Migos member Offset is not thought to have been with them at the time.
According to reports from TMZ, the shooting began over a game of dice at a bowling alley. Takeoff was pronounced dead at the scene early on Tuesday (November 1st). Prior to confirmation of Takeoff’s identity, Houston police stated that a Black male in his 20s was the victim of a shooting.
Officers had responded to gunshot reports at a private party held at a bowling alley called 810 Billiards & Bowling in downtown Houston. They later added that two other victims were “taken in private vehicles to hospitals.”
Quavo was unharmed in the incident. Since the shooting, a number of graphic videos which supposedly show the incident and aftermath have appeared online.
Several celebrities, including Drake and 21 Savage, have paid tribute to the musician on social media. Fellow rapper Desiigner has since shared an emotional video of himself breaking down in tears speaking about the rapper’s death – which he says has led to him quitting music.
The Houston police held a press conference on Tuesday (November 1st) to address the shooting. Police Chief Troy Finner reminded reporters in the room of the “human element” of the incident, stating that he had spoken to Takeoff’s mother.
Finner confirmed that a 23-year-old male and 24-year-old female brought themselves to hospital following the incident. This confirms Quavo was not injured during the altercation, as he is 31 years old. The police also urged people to remove videos of the incident currently circulating online.
Takeoff was the youngest member of the Migos. The trio began rapping in 2008 under the collective name Polo Club. In 2011, the group released Juug Season, their debut mixtape as the Migos. The group went on to become one of the most successful and influential artists of the 2010s, releasing a slew of hits, including ‘Versace,’ ‘Bad and Boujee,’ and ‘Motorsport.’