Takeoff dead – Migos rapper ‘shot dead’ aged 28 in Houston

Rapper Takeoff, who was a member of hip hop group Migos has died at the age of 28 after being shot in Houston, Texas, TMZ has reported.

According to the publication, Takeoff, real name Kirshnik Khari Ball, and fellow band member Quavo were playing a dice game at the bowling alley 810 Billiards & Bowling at 2.30am, when a shooter opened fire.

Law enforcement rushed to the scene where a victim, believed to be the rapper, was reportedly declared dead.

A Houston Police spokesperson told reporters that Migos members Takeoff and Quavo were at the scene but will not be releasing the formal identity of the male deceased as of yet.

Two others were injured in the shooting and taken to hospital, with TMZ reporting that Quavo was not one of those injured.

The publication went on to add that they have seen footage from the scene of Quavo calling for help as his nephew, and bandmate, Takeoff lies on the ground wounded.

Just a couple of hours before the tragic shooting, Takeoff had posted a photo of himself to Instagram, taken at what is believed to have been the bowling alley where the horrific event took place.

The two Migos members were at the bowling alley to celebrate the birthday of friend Jas Prince, the son of music executive Jay Prince.

Takeoff formed one-third of the group Migos alongside his uncle Quavo and first cousin once removed Offset.

Following the reports of the rapper's death, fans took to social media to share tributes and condolences, led by YouTuber and wrestler Jake Paul who wrote: "Senseless killings need to stop. Need to unify. RIP TAKEOFF."

Fellow wrestler Chris Eubank Jr shared a photo with Migos, and posted: "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."

Jewel Wicker, Managing Editor at Teen Vogue, tweeted: "He was 28. Takeoff, the then-kid who convinced his uncle (Quavo) to start rapping then helped change the flow of rap. The undisputed best rapper in Migos (his uncle told me so himself just a few months ago). What a loss."

Joining the tributes on Twitter, one fan added: "Rest in peace Takeoff such sad and shocking news prayers to his friends and family."

"We just lost a legend today [heartbroken emoji] Long live Takeoff" shared another.

OK! has approached Houston police and Takeoff's representative for further comment.

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