Takeoff dead: Khloe Kardashian pays tribute after Migos rapper is gunned down at age 28
Tributes are pouring in for Takeoff after the Migos rapper was shot dead Tuesday “over a game of dice” in front of his uncle and bandmate Quavo outside a Texas bowling alley.
The 28-year-old, who is a member of the hip-hop trio, was gunned down at a “private party” when a group gathered outside the 810 Billiards & Bowling Houston at 2:30 a.m.
Houston Police Department confirmed that one person was found dead at the scene at 1200 Polk, but could not confirm the identity of the deceased.
Tragic: Tributes pour in for Takeoff after Migos rapper was shot dead Tuesday ‘over a game of dice’ in front of his uncle and bandmate Quavo outside a Texas bowling alley
But footage of the scene reportedly shows the rapper lying dead in a pool of blood after being “shot in the head” during the altercation.
The shooting came hours after he posted an Instagram story in which he wore the same outfit.
As news of the shooting spread, friends and admirers of Takeoff, real name Kirshnik Khari Ball, took to Twitter to pay tribute.
Khloe Kardashian tweeted: ‘This is so sad. Wow! about what?? May God cover all who are in pain. These senseless acts must stop. So sad’.
British rapper AJ Tracey paid tribute, writing: ‘not takeoff! REST IN PEACE’.
Singer and actress Keri Hilson wrote: ‘Rest in peace, @1YoungTakeoff. Healing love for your brothers, family and friends. #gonetoooon’.
Sad news: The 28-year-old, who is a member of the hip-hop trio, was gunned down at a “private party” when a group gathered outside the 810 Billiards & Bowling Houston at 2:30 a.m.
While YouTuber Jake Paul added, “Pointless killings must stop. Need to unite. RIP START.’
Boxer Chris Eubank Jr said, “I remember @1YoungTakeoff being a really down to earth, cool guy. I can’t believe I have to say this again about another young black star being killed for no reason, something really needs to change in the industry, it’s sickening how easily and often people die. RIP Take off’.
Rapper Ugly God wrote: ‘Don’t you know that these n***** changed the whole cadence of rap when they came out? tear off. this guy stays out of the way from the start, keeps it minimal and minds his own business from the start. If that’s not enough to be left alone, idk.’
Reality star Claudia Johnson tweeted: “Sad and pointless. He was a bystander and was shot. We need to do something about everyone and those moms in Texas have guns! Especially reckless people who can’t just disagree with people – they have to resort to this! My sincere condolences to the entire Takeoff family. Gone on 28.’
YouTuber and Twitch streamer Adin Ross wrote: ‘Rest in peace to take off, I just spoke to him too…I’m in shock right now, can’t believe it. I pray to god it’s fake. This shit just isn’t fair bro wtf’.
Tribute: As news of the shooting spread, friends and admirers of Takeoff, real name Kirshnik Khari Ball, took to Twitter to pay tribute
Fellow rapper Russ tweeted “rip takeoff” followed by a prayer emoji, while YouTuber Nikita Dragun tweeted a photo of Takeoff.
City Girls’ Yung Miami tweeted her shock, writing “Damn takeoff” with a series of broken hearts.
American rapper Almighty Jay commented on Takeoff’s Instagram: “Bro, you were such a laid-back gang, you didn’t deserve anything from that bro. I just spoke to you, brother. That hurts.’
Radio host Darvio Morrow said: “When I was a kid, getting shot at Tupac and Biggie was a big deal. You didn’t see such big stars being shot. Now it happens like every other month. I’ve never seen so many great artists killed like this. And about a dice game?!? Pointless. RIP Take off.’
Author Frederick Joseph wrote: ‘I want to see more black men with gray hair. Getting older and wiser. I am heartbroken at the continued need for us to post “Rest in Peace” because violence has taken another away from us. But here we are, sleep well, Takeoff.’
US Representative Jamaal Bowman said, “Sending love to Takeoff’s loved ones. I’m tired of seeing young black men die.’
And rapper Desiigner burst into tears and vowed to quit music in a heartbreaking Instagram video.
Crying as he filmed, Desiigner, 25, said: “I can’t call Qua, I can’t call Offset, [fellow Migos members Quavo and Offset] I can’t call any of them… yo bro, I’m done.
Devastated: And rapper Desiigner burst into tears and vowed to quit music in heartbreaking Instagram video
“I’m done, I’m done, I can’t live like this anymore.”
He later posted an Instagram story that read, “I’m done rapping.”
Officers confirmed 40 to 50 people were at the scene when they found a man with a gunshot wound to the head or neck.
Two other victims were also rushed to hospital in a private vehicle, and their condition is unclear.
Takeoff had joined his uncle Quavo for a game of dice before the shooting, witnesses and law enforcement sources told TMZ.
Horrific footage of the scene shows Takeoff lying on the ground while Quavo runs towards him.
A group began to gather around the injured rapper and tried to move him, but quickly lowered him to the ground when Quavo yelled for help.
‘Pointless’: Takeoff was with his uncle Quavo for a game of dice before the shooting, witnesses and law enforcement sources told TMZ
Video of the incident shows several women yelling to “come in,” while another man can say, “I’m scared for you bro.”
Migos was founded in 2008 by Takeoff with his uncle Quavo and cousin Offset – who is married to Cardi B.
Offset, who was not in Houston with his father and cousin, celebrated Halloween with Cardi B and their children.
Four hours before the shooting, Takeoff posted a photo of himself smoking in the bowling alley.
Quavo had also posted an Instagram story of him driving around Houston with Jas Prince, who was celebrating his birthday.
Just before that: Quavo had also posted an Instagram story of him driving through Houston with Jas Prince, who was celebrating his birthday hours before the shooting
Earlier this month, Takeoff and Quavo joined forces in their debut duo with their album ‘Only Built for Infinity Links.
Although it was rumored that the Atlanta rap trio Migos was breaking up for good, there has been no official announcement of their disbandment. obvs I
Instead, Takeoff and Quavo released “Only Built for Infinity Links,” with no third member Offset.
While all three artists have previously released albums as solo artists during their time together, some fans believe there is friction between the hitmakers.
The group’s 2018 Migos album Culture II debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 albums chart.
Issues? Takeoff’s cousin and bandmate Offset is married to Cardi B, but the rapper and his uncle, Quavo released a song without the third member – raising questions about their future
This was their second No. 1 album in the US, after Culture, which included their hit Bad And Boujee.
The family bond is strong within Migos, as Quavo and Offset are cousins, while Takeoff is Quavo’s nephew.
The group released their first mixtape, Juug Season, in 2011, and a second called No Label in 2012.
In 2013, Migos had their first hit, Versace. While the single peaked at number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it was given a new lease of life when Drake remixed the song and added a verse of his own, going so far as to perform it at the iHeartRadio Music Festival that year.
In June of that year, Migos released their YRN mixtape, which featured Versace. The following year, the group released a sequel to their No Label mixtape called No Label II.
The mixtape was a huge hit, having been downloaded nearly a million times and certified double platinum by DatPiff.
The group, which has earned two Grammy nominations, released its first album, Yung Rich Nation, in June 2015, which peaked at number 3 on Billboard’s Top Rap Albums chart.
No official announcement: While there have been whispers that the Atlanta rap trio Migos is breaking up for good, there has been no official announcement of their disbandment