Migos rapper Takeoff confirmed dead after Houston shooting

Takeoff, who was part of the rap trio Migos, has died after a shooting in Texas. 

Credit: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP
Takeoff, who was part of the rap trio Migos, has died after a shooting in Texas. Credit: AP

Migos rapper Takeoff has died after a shooting outside a bowling alley in Houston.

The 28-year-old, whose name was Kirsnick Khari Ball, was part of rap trio Migos along with Quavo and Offset, his uncle and cousin.

Police responded shortly after 2.30am on Tuesday to reports of a shooting at 810 Billiards & Bowling in Houston, Texas.

Dozens of people had gathered on a balcony outside of the bowling alley, which is on the third floor, police said.

Officers discovered one man dead when they arrived, with a representative for Migos confirming that Takeoff had died.

Takeoff, left, and Quavo of Migos, at the BET Awards in Los Angeles in 2021. Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP File

Security guards who were in the area heard the shooting but did not see who did it, a police spokesperson said.

Two other people were injured and taken to hospitals in private vehicles.

No arrests have been announced.

Takeoff found success with Grammy-nominated rap trio Migos.

The group from Georgia have had four Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including most notably their multi-week 2017 number one Bad and Boujee featuring Lil Uzi Vert.

They put out a trilogy of albums called Culture, Culture II and Culture III, with the first two albums hitting number one on the Billboard 200 album chart.

Offset, who is married to Cardi B, released a solo album in 2019, while Takeoff and Quavo released a joint album, Only Built for Infinity Links, last month.

Tributes have been paid to Migos rapper Takeoff by boxer Chris Eubank Jr and Khloe Kardashian following his death at the age of 28.

Tributes flooded in for the American hip-hop artist after the news that he had been killed.

British boxer Chris Eubank Jr wrote on Twitter: “I remember @1YoungTakeoff being a very down to earth, cool dude.

“Cant 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, it’s sickening how easy & often people are dying. RIP Takeoff.”

Reality star Khloe Kardashian also said on Twitter: “This is so sad. Wow! over what?? May God cover everyone who is in pain. These senseless acts have got to end. So so sad.”

British musician Dave, real name David Omoregie, shared a series of photos on Instagram of him and Takeoff.

He captioned the pictures saying “my brother…days we spent together were priceless” and “prayers for your family bro”.

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