According to TMZ, the rapper known as Takeoff, who was a member of the group Migos along with Quavo and Offset, has passed away. Takeoff, 28, whose actual name was Kirshnik Khari Ball, was killed in a shooting at a Houston bowling alley at around 2:30 in the morning as he and Quavo were busy playing dice. Takeoff was declared dead at the scene. Two more persons who were there at the location were shot and sent to the hospital. Quavo, however, remained unharmed.
On Twitter, the late rapper’s friends and fans paid homage to him after his passing.
“I remember Takeoff being a very down to earth, cool dude,” wrote boxer Chris Eubank Jr. “Can’t believe I’m having to say this again about another young black star being killed for no reason, something really has to change in the industry.”
“Rest in peace to Takeoff, I just spoke to him too,” wrote Twitch streamer Adin Ross. “I’m in shock right now, I can’t believe it. I pray to god it’s fake. This shit just ain’t fair bro wtf.”
In the year 1994, Lawrenceville, Georgia served as the birthplace of Takeoff. It was in 2008 that he first started rapping with Quavo and Offset, who were, respectively, his uncle and cousin. They went by the group name Polo Club. The three individuals debuted as Migos with the release of their first mixtape, titled Juug Season, in 2011.
“Growing up, I was trying to make it in music. I was grinding, which is just what I loved doing,” Takeoff told The Fader in 2017. “Just making something and creating for me … I was getting my own pleasure out of it, because it’s what I liked doing. I’d wait for Quavo to get back from football practice and I’d play my songs for him.” Migos achieved their first mainstream breakthrough with the release of Versace in 2013. It was ultimately remixed by rapper Drake, who has a long-running affiliation with all three members of the trio.