Migos Rapper Takeoff Has Died Aged 28

Migos rapper Takeoff, 28, has been shot dead in Houston, Texas, according to reports. 
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American rapper Takeoff has died aged 28, according to reports. 

The musician, whose real name is Kirshnik Khari Ball, was known for being a part of the hip-hop group Migos, alongside Quavo and Offset.

They’ve produced popular tracks such as ‘Versace’.

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Takeoff was fatally shot at a bowling alley in an alleged altercation over a dice game in the early morning hours of November 1, reports TMZ.

It’s believed someone open fired and allegedly shot the rapper either in the head or near his head.

The news outlet claims Takeoff was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rapper Quavo was also in attendance at the shooting, reports KPRC 2 Houston.

TMZ reports that two other people were shot at the scene and rushed to the hospital. At the time of writing, it’s unclear what their conditions are.

After hearing the tragic news, thousands have taken to Twitter and paid tribute to the artist.

One tweeted: “It has been confirmed. Takeoff has been reported dead. I can’t believe this.

“Prayers too for his family, Quavo, Offset and everyone around him RIP TAKEOFF.”

A second penned: “Another legend gone too soon, RIP Takeoff.”

“RIP Takeoff, you made your mark,” a third said.

Someone else wrote: “We losing too many great artists.”

Less than 24 hours ago, Takeoff took to Instagram and revealed that his and Quavo’s new music video, ‘Messy’, is out.

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The rapper was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia, in 1994. He, Quavo and Offset began rapping back in 2008 and originally performed under the stage name Polo Club, before changing it to Migos.

In August 2011, the trio released a mixtape titled ‘Juug Season’ which was followed by another the following year, ‘No Label’.

Migos began to make headlines in 2013 following the release of their single, ‘Versace’. Later on, it was remixed by the likes of Drake.

Their debut studio album, ‘Yung Rich Nation,’ dropped in July 2015. It featured appearances from Chris Brown and Young Thug. In the Billboard 200, it peaked at 17.

Migos’ first number-one single, featuring Lil Uzi, ‘Bad and Boujee’, didn’t come out until 2016.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the track four times platinum.

However, Takeoff is not featured or credited on this particular song, as he was reportedly busy at the time of recording.

In 2018, the trio dropped another album, ‘Culture II’, and it debuted on the US Billboard 200 at number one.

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.