Takeoff, a popular US rapper from the group Migos, was shot and killed in Houston, Texas, at the age of 28.
The musician was slain on Tuesday while playing dice with his uncle and bandmate Quavo at a bowling alley.
The revelation was confirmed to the Associated Press by a spokesperson for the musician, whose real name is Kirshnik Khari Ball.
One of the most well-known groups of their time, Migos invented the “Migos flow,” a choppy, staccato triplet rapping technique.
The band, which broke up earlier this year, had a number of global successes, including Versace, Bad and Boujee, and Walk It Talk It.
“Tell me this ain’t true,” was the response following Takeoff’s passing.
Around 2:30 local time, the shooting occurred (07:30 GMT)
Officers reported finding a sizable throng and a man in his 20s suffering from a head or neck injuries when they arrived. At the scene, he was identified as deceased.
Several media publications, including TMZ, Variety, and the Hollywood Reporter, identified Takeoff as the victim.
Police reportedly told the BBC that until the victim’s family was notified, they would not formally confirm an identification.
Quavo’s injuries in the incident have not been verified, according to reports. According to police, two other casualties were taken in private vehicles to the hospital.
On social media, tributes to Takeoff have been written.
Ja Rule shared an emoji of a dove and stated, “Love to friends and family,” while Lil Pump commented, “Forever a legend, I can’t believe this.”
Cole Bennett, a music executive, tweeted that “Nothing is coherent anymore. Juice Wayne uploaded a verse about Takeoff with the line, “it will never make sense; nothing at all.” “,
Actress Masika Kalysha chimed in, “Takeoff [was] definitely the most unproblematic rapper. He keeps to himself and doesn’t bother others.
Takeoff, Offset, and Quavo, who make up the pioneering trio of Migos, were childhood friends in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Fans were a little upset that Takeoff didn’t appear on the song; however, he dismissed the issue, saying he was just unable to attend the recording session.
The band’s second album, Culture, debuted at number one in the US thanks to its success. The trio and Calvin Harris worked together to create Slide, their lone UK top 10 song, in the same year.
Kanye West and Pharrell Williams contributed to the production of their second album, Culture II, which also included appearances from Nicki Minaj, 21 Savage, Cardi B, and Drake. It produced the platinum-certified songs MotorSport, Stir Fry, Walk It Talk It, and Narcos, and was another US number one.