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Video of Takeoff Dead from Shooting at Dice Game with Migos
Migos: Takeoff shot dead in Houston age 28
The Georgia rapper was known for creating hits such as Versace and Bad and Boujee alongside fellow rappers Quavo and Offset
Takeoff, the third member of Migos alongside the rappers Quavo and Offset, has died, TMZ reports. The 28-year-old rapper, real name Kirshnik Khari Ball, was fatally shot at a bowling alley in Houston where he and Quavo were playing dice around 2.30am; Takeoff was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other people on the premises were shot and taken to hospital. Quavo was unharmed.
Takeoff was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia, in 1994. He began rapping with Quavo and Offset, his uncle and cousin, respectively, in 2008 under the collective name Polo Club. In 2011, the trio released Juug Season, their debut mixtape as Migos.
In 2013, Migos released Versace, their first mainstream hit.
Migos are best known for their 2016 Lil Uzi Vert collaboration Bad and Boujee, which peaked at No 1 in the US, as well as Top 10 hits MotorSport, with Nicki Minaj and Cardi B, and Walk It Talk It, with Drake. As a solo artist, Takeoff released one album – 2018’s The Last Rocket, which debuted at No 4 in the US – and one record as a duo, last month’s Only Built for Infinity Links, with Quavo.
Migos rapper Takeoff, 28, is shot dead 'over a game of dice' in front of his uncle and bandmate Quavo outside a bowling alley in Houston
Rapper Takeoff, 28, was shot dead while a group gathered outside a bowling alley in Houston
Horrifying pictures show Takeoff lying dead on the floor surrounded by a puddle of blood
Police did not name rapper as the victim, but did confirm one person had died in a shooting at 1200 Polk in downtown Houston
Two other people were rushed to hospital in private vehicles in the shooting - their condition is unknown
Migos rapper Takeoff has been shot dead ‘over a game of dice’ in front of his uncle and bandmate Quavo outside of a bowling alley in Texas.
The 28-year-old, who is a member of the hip hop trio, was shot at a 'private party' as a group gathered outside of the 810 Billiards & Bowling Houston at 2.30am.
Houston Police confirmed that one person was found dead at the scene at 1200 Polk, but would not confirm the identity of the deceased.
Officers confirmed that there were 40 to 50 people at the location, when they discovered a man with a gunshot wound to the head or neck.
Images from the scene reportedly show the rapper lying dead in a puddle of blood after being 'shot in the head' during the row.
The shooting came hours after he posted an Instagram story of him wearing the same outfit.
Two other victims were also rushed to hospital in a private vehicle, and it is unclear what their conditions are.
Takeoff, real name Kirshnik Khari Ball, had joined his uncle Quavo for a game of dice before the shooting, witnesses and law enforcement sources told TMZ.
Horrifying footage from the scene show Takeoff lying on the floor, while Quavo rushes to his side.
A group started to gather around the injured rapper and tried to move him, but quickly lowered him to the ground as Quavo screamed for help.
Video of the incident shows several women shouting to ‘get inside’, while another man can be heard saying ‘I’m scared for you bro’.
Migos was founded by Takeoff in 2008 with his uncle Quavo and cousin Offset - who is married to Cardi B.
Offset, who was not in Houston with his father and cousin, was celebrating Halloween with Cardi B and their children.
Four hours before the shooting, Takeoff posted a picture of himself smoking at the bowling alley.
Quavo had also posted an Instagram story of himself driving around Houston with Jas Prince, who was celebrating his birthday.
Earlier this month, Takeoff and Quavo joined forces in their debut as a duo with their album 'Only Built for Infinity Links.
While there have been whisperings of the Atlanta rap trio Migos splitting up for good, there has been no official announcement of their disbandment.
Instead, Takeoff and Quavo released 'Only Built for Infinity Links,' without the third Migos member, Offset.
While all three artists have previously released albums as solo artists during their time together, some fans are convinced that there is friction among the hitmakers.
The group's 2018 Migos album Culture II debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 albums chart.
This marked their second US number-one album following Culture, which featured their smash hit Bad And Boujee.
The family connection is strong within Migos, as Quavo and Offset are cousins, while Takeoff is Quavo’s nephew.
The group released their first mixtape, Juug season, in 2011, and a second one called No Label in 2012.
In 2013, Migos had their first hit, Versace. While the single peaked at number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, it gained a new lease on life when Drake remixed the song and added a verse of his own, even going so far as performing it at the iHeartRadio Music Festival that year.