There is insanely sad news to report regarding a North Atlanta rap group member.
Law enforcement sources and multiple witnesses tell TMZ that Takeoff—whose real name is Kirshnik Khari Ball—was killed in Houston shortly after 2:30 AM. The rapper, 28, was fatally shot at 810 Billiards & Bowling during a dice game.
The outlet adds that Takeoff and his uncle/Unc & Phew cohort Quavo were part of a group gathered on a balcony outside of the bowling alley when an altercation broke out and someone opened fire, shooting Takeoff either in the head or near his head.
He was pronounced dead on the scene. Photos and video have surfaced of Quavo tending to Takeoff after the shooting.
Quavo was uninjured. Houston police have confirmed that two additional victims were located at nearby hospitals. A representative for the artist also confirmed his death to the Associated Press on Tuesday.
Takeoff was born on June 18, 1994, in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and contributed to founding the Migos in 2008. The close-knit group includes Takeoff’s uncle Quavious “Quavo” Keyate Marshall (R), 31, and Quavo’s cousin Offset, 30, born Kiari Kendrell Cephus (C).
Their breakout hit, “Versace,” vaulted them to stardom in 2013 and would later be remixed by Drake. In recent months they’ve appeared to part ways with Quavo and Takeoff releasing music as a duo and Offset releasing solo singles.
Takeoff was lauded as the most laidback of the Migos and was celebrated by fans for his unique rap style and adlibs.
A man of few words, when he did speak it was often fondly about his group and rap career…
and his uncle Quavo with whom he released the album “Only Built for Infinity Links” alongside.
In a 2013 The Fader interview, the uncle and nephew revealed that their relationship was like that of brothers.
QUAVO: We moved from Athens to Gwinett when Takeoff was in elementary and I was in middle school. His momma took care of everything, and us. We always stayed in the same house. We share everything. He’s basically like a brother.
TAKEOFF: I don’t look at him as my uncle, but more as my brother. But we always have clowned on each other. He is my uncle, so I gotta clown on him. You gotta be funny.”
Takeoff released a solo studio album in 2018 called “The Last Rocket.” It debuted at #4 on the U.S. Billboard 200.
This story is still developing…