Takeoff shooting - latest: Coroner report for Quavo’s nephew reveals new death details as Offset pays tribute

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Takeoff, a member of rap trio Migos, was shot dead in Houston, Texas on Tuesday (1 November).

The rapper – full name Kirshnik Khari Ball – was 28 years old.

Police officers were called at approximately 2.34am local time (7.34am GMT) about a shooting outside of 810 Billiards and Bowling Alley in downtown Houston, where a private party of around 40 people was taking place.

Takeoff and his Migos bandmate Quavo were both in attendance. Quavo – real name Quavious Keyate Marshall – was not injured in the altercation. The third Migos member, Offset, was not present.

An argument emerged, reportedly after a game of dice, and shots were fired, leading many people to flee the scene in panic.

Takeoff was pronounced dead at the scene. At the time, police did not name the victim but identified him as a Black man in his 20s. It was Takeoff’s representatives who first confirmed his death, with the police confirmation following shortly after.

His death has been mourned by industry figures and fans, with tributes for the late rapper pouring in on social media.

Celebrities including James Corden, Drake, SZA, Outkast, and Khloé Kardashian have shared posts remembering the rapper.

As of yet, no suspects have been arrested with Houston police chief Troy Finner calling on witnesses to “step up” with information about the shooting.

The police, as well as fans of the rapper, have urged others to remove graphic videos of the incident that have been circulating online.

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A new mural in Takeoff’s honour has been painted in Atlanta

15:08 , Nicole Vassell

An underpass in Atlanta, Georgia is now home to a mural of Takeoff.

Takeoff was a native of Lawrenceville, a suburb of Atlanta, along with fellow Migos star Offset.

The mural is located under the John Lewis Freedom Parkway Bridge near Fourth Ward Park.

Los Angeles Lakers basketball team honours Takeoff

13:47 , Inga Parkel

The Los Angeles Lakers basketball team is among the latest to honour Takeoff.

In preparation for last night’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans, it was “all Migos music for the Lakers warm up tonight in a tribute to Takeoff,” tweeted Lakers reporter Mike Trudell.

The Lakers were also team to former basketball player Kobe Bryant, who tragically died in a helicopter crash in January 2020, along with his daughter Gianna and seven others.

Offset updates Twitter images in homage to cousin and groupmate Takeoff

12:06 , Nicole Vassell

Offset, one of the three members of Migos, has updated his Twitter header and profile picture to feature Takeoff.

Although neither Offset nor Quavo has publicly commented on their group mate’s death, Offset has made subtle tributes by changing his pictures on social media.

As well as being groupmates, Takeoff was Offset’s first cousin once removed, and Quavo’s nephew.

Offset has changed his Twitter profile picture and header to feature Takeoff (Offset / Twitter)
Offset has changed his Twitter profile picture and header to feature Takeoff (Offset / Twitter)

Beyoncé dedicates her official website homepage to Takeoff

11:22 , Nicole Vassell

Beyoncé has paid tribute to Takeoff by dedicating the homepage of her website to him.

Using a black-and-white image of the late rap star, the message reads: “Kirsnick Khari Ball, ‘Takeoff’, 1994 - 2022, Rest in Power.”

Migos have previously expressed their appreciation of Beyoncé, with Takeoff once claiming in an interview that they were “all in the Beyhive, most definitely”.

Beyoncé’s tribute to Takeoff on her website (beyonce.com)
Beyoncé’s tribute to Takeoff on her website (beyonce.com)

Producer Metro Boomin pays tribute on Twitter

10:25 , Nicole Vassell

Metro Boomin, who produced Migos’s hit song “Bad and Boujee”, expressed his sadness over Takeoff’s death on Twitter.

“I can't even really put into words how bright and warming of a genuine soul he was,” reads part of his heartfelt tribute.

50 Cent pays homage to Takeoff during Finland concert

08:30 , Peony Hirwani

50 Cent paid homage to Takeoff during his Finland concert on Wednesday (2 November).

Where is Quavo following fellow Migos rapper Takeoff’s death?

06:45 , Peony Hirwani

Following the news of Takeoff’s tragic death, worried fans have been wondering about the status of his fellow The Migos bandmate and uncle Quavo, who was present during the fatal incident.

According to Houston police, Quavo, who was present at the time of the incident, and Takeoff were at a private party prior to the fatal shooting.

In a following update, police tweeted: “Two other victims taken in private vehicles to hospitals.”

During a later press conference on Tuesday (1 November), the police chief said that a 23-year-old male and 24-year-old female brought themselves to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after the incident.

The news seemingly verifies that 31-year-old Quavo was not among those injured, however, his status remains unknown.

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Where is Quavo following fellow Migos rapper Takeoff’s death?

LeBron James changes Instagram profile picture to image of Takeoff

06:11 , Peony Hirwani

American basketball player LeBron James has paid tribute to Takeoff by changing his Instagram profile picture to the late rapper’s image.

 (LeBron James/Instagram)
(LeBron James/Instagram)

Photograph of Takeoff and Quavo as kids goes viral

05:45 , Peony Hirwani

A photograph of Takeoff and Quavo as kids has gone viral on social media.

Jaden Smith and Denzel Curry pay tribute to Takeoff

05:25 , Peony Hirwani

Jaden Smith and Denzel Curry have paid tribute to Takeoff.

“Takeoff ain’t deserve that,” Curry wrote on Twitter on Wednesday (2 November).

Smith added: “Rest In Peace Takeoff, This S*** Is Sad As F***.”

Offset changes Instagram profile picture to image of Takeoff

04:39 , Peony Hirwani

Offset has paid a subtle tribute to his late bandmate Takeoff after the rapper was shot and killed in Houston, Texas on Monday.

While Offset has yet to verbally comment on his friend’s passing, the rapper changed his profile photo on Instagram Wednesday (2 November) to one of Takeoff’s face.

Takeoff’s cause of death officially ruled homicide

02:30 , Tom Murray

The Migos star’s cause of death was officially ruled a homicide in the coroner’s report obtained by media on Wednesday (2 November).

The autopsy revealed that Takeoff was shot several times and confirmed his cause of death was “penetrating gunshot wounds”.

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Coroner’s report reveals Migos rapper Takeoff was shot multiple times

Desiigner had a highly emotional reaction to Takeoff’s death

01:29 , Tom Murray

New York rapper Desiigner broke down in tears on Instagram Live after learning of Takeoff’s death.

The “Panda” artist vowed to quit rap music for good over the killing, which occurred at a private party in Houston, Texas.

“Why? Why do we f***ing do this?” Desiigner yelled during the video.

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Desiigner says he's 'done with rap' as he tearfully mourns Takeoff's death

Video of Quavo and Offset naming Takeoff the ‘best' Migos resurfaces

00:31 , Tom Murray

A 2018 interview with Migos for Beats Radio has resurfaced in the wake of Takeoff’s death.

In it, Quavo and Offset agree that Takeoff is the “best” member of the rap trio and that he was most rated in their hometown of Atlanta.

Takeoff’s only solo studio album was released four years ago today

Wednesday 2 November 2022 23:33 , Tom Murray

Takeoff’s only studio album The Last Rocket was released four years ago today, RapTV pointed out on Twitter.

The album's release made Takeoff the second member of Migos to release a solo album, following Quavo's Quavo Huncho, which came out a month earlier.

The Last Rocket was met with widespread critical acclaim and debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart.

50 Cent says he paid tribute to Takeoff at show in Finland

Wednesday 2 November 2022 22:54 , Tom Murray

50 Cent has become the latest rapper to pay tribute to Takeoff.

The “In Da Club” artist tweeted a shot from his concert in Finland on Wednesday.

The photo shows Takeoff’s face projected on various screens around the stage.

“I paid tribute to Takeoff last night in Finland it was lit,” 50 Cent tweeted. “GLG. GreenLightGang. [World] tour let’s get it!”

Roddy Rich dedicates live performance to Takeoff

Wednesday 2 November 2022 21:30 , Tom Murray

Fellow rapper Roddy Rich dedicated a live rendition of his song “Die Young” to Takeoff at a concert last night.

“The sad reality of it is, that I’ve had to sing this in tribute to a lot of the n***** that I’ve known,” Rich told the crowd.

NEW: Takeoff’s cause of death confirmed in coroner’s report

Wednesday 2 November 2022 19:50 , Tom Murray

Certain media outlets have obtained a copy of Takeoff’s autopsy report, which confirms his cause of death by “penetrating gunshot wounds”.

The analysis by the Harris County Medical Examiner reveals that the rapper was shot multiple times.

Migos’ label Quality Control Music previously said that Takeoff was killed by a “stray bullet”.

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Coroner’s report reveals Migos rapper Takeoff was shot multiple times

James Corden pays tribute to Takeoff during ‘The Late Late Show'

Wednesday 2 November 2022 19:26 , Tom Murray

The Late Late Show host James Corden paid special tribute to offset on his show.

The rapper had appeared with his Migos bandmates in Corden’s highly popular Carpool Karaoke segment in 2018.

“I was lucky enough to spend some unforgettable moments with Takeoff over the past few years,” Corden said.

“He was an incredible guy, warm and generous. Whenever I’d see him he’d always call me Big Drip and he knew how much I loved that.”

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James Corden says he’s ‘utterly devastated’ by Takeoff’s death

Offset changes Instagram avatar to photo of Takeoff

Wednesday 2 November 2022 18:23 , Tom Murray

Offset has paid a subtle tribute to his late Migos bandmate on Instagram.

The rapper changed his profile photo on the social media platform to one of Takeoff on Wednesday (2 November).

Neither he nor Migos’ third member, Quavo, has commented verbally on their friend’s passing.

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Offset changes Instagram avatar to image of Takeoff after Migos bandmate’s death

Everything the Houston police have said about the fatal incident

Wednesday 2 November 2022 17:15 , Annabel Nugent

Houston police called a press conference on Tuesday (1 November) to speak about the shooting that killed Takeoff.

During the conference, police chief Troy Finner revealed several key details about the tragic event.

Police officers said they were called at approximately 2.34am local time (07.34 GMT) about a shooting outside 810 Billiards and Bowling Alley in downtown Houston where a private party of around 40 people, including Takeoff and Quavo, had been taking place.

Everything we know after Migos rapper Takeoff shot and killed

An argument emerged and shots were fired from at least two weapons, said the police, which led to many people fleeing the scene.

Takeoff was pronounced dead at the scene. At the time, officials did not name the victim but identified him as a Black male in his 20s. It was Takeoff’s representatives who first confirmed his death, with the police confirmation following shortly after.

Two other individuals – a 23-year-old male and a 24-year-old female – were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. In saying so, police appeared to confirm that Quavo was not injured during the altercation given that he is 31 years old.

Wednesday 2 November 2022 17:00 , Annabel Nugent

In a 2021 interview with NME, Takeoff reflected on the death of Juice WRLD.

The rapper, who collaborated with Migos on their 2021 album Culture III, died aged 21 in December 2019.

His contribution to the record was posthumous.

Speaking about his death, Takeoff said: “I had a conversation with him on the phone. He’s a good person.”

Juice WRLD performing in 2019 (Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Juice WRLD performing in 2019 (Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

His bandmate Offset continued: “He did a few songs and he has the same passion as us in music. He goes straight in there and doesn’t like to play around in the studio. Off the top like he is, he lets it come to him but he’s a great artist man. Bro was hard.”

Childhood photo of Takeoff and Quavo circulates online

Wednesday 2 November 2022 16:45 , Annabel Nugent

A sweet photo of Takeoff and Quavo as children has circulated online following news of the rapper’s death.

In the photo, the two relatives and friends can be seen wearing baggy t-shirts, one bearing the image of Tupac.

Numerous fans have commented on the post: “Rip.”

Outkast – a favourite band of Takeoff’s – has paid tribute

Wednesday 2 November 2022 16:30 , Annabel Nugent

The tribute from Outkast has been especially heartwarming given that Takeoff used to listen to the band as a teenager growing up in Atlanta.

Outkast wrote on Twitter: “Rest in peace, Takeoff Sending our deepest condolences and prayers to his family, friends and community of people touched by his craft.”

Where is Quavo? Fellow Migos member has not been heard from since the shooting

Wednesday 2 November 2022 16:15 , Annabel Nugent

Fellow Migos member Quavo was also present at the private party, during which Takeoff was fatally shot.

It is believed that Quavo was uninjured in the altercation since police said that a 23-year-old male and 24-year-old female were brought themselves to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after the incident.

The news seemingly verifies that 31-year-old Quavo was not among those injured. His status, however, remains unknown with fans concerned over his whereabouts.

Quavo, real name Quavious Keyate Marshall, has not been heard from since the shooting.

The Independent has reached out to Quavo’s representatives for comment.

Where is Quavo following fellow Migos rapper Takeoff’s death?

Chuck D has condemned the normalisation of gun violence in hip-hop following Takeoff’s death

Wednesday 2 November 2022 16:00 , Annabel Nugent

Chuck D has spoken out against gun violence in a new interview, during which he addressed the “tragedy” of Takeoff‘s death.

“The pain is unbearable,” Chuck D, best known as the frontman of Public Enemy, told TMZ Live.

Speaking about the circumstances of Takeoff’s death, the rapper said: “It’s not normal behaviour... The circumstances in the USA is just dealing with abnormal situations. People think that, through culture, it’s been normalised over the years.

 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

“When these things were addressed in the 1980s, hip-hop was the thing that was addressing these things away from that lifestyle and that violence, and it took it on.”

He continued: “In any other walk of life, it would’ve been addressed far earlier. You have people who’ve grown up thinking that hip-hop death is a normal thing.”

Was Offset feuding with Takeoff and Quevo?

Wednesday 2 November 2022 15:45 , Annabel Nugent

While Migos never announced their split, Takeoff and Quavo recently began performing seperately from Offset, leading many fans to believe there was a rift in the group.

In an appearance on the Big Facts podcast last month, Quavo said it was a family issue that’s got nothing to do with “no label, no paperwork, no QC, no nothing”.

“This got something to do with the three brothers and it is what it is. Right now we gon’ be the duo till time tell,” he said.

Despite their issues, however, Takeoff said that Offset is “always going to be family”. The late rapper said: “We always family. Ain’t nothing gonna change.”

Houston police chief says he ‘loves and respects’ the hip-hop community

Wednesday 2 November 2022 15:30 , Annabel Nugent

“Sometimes the hip-hop community gets a bad name,” Chief Troy Finner told a room of reporters on Tuesday (1 November).

“I’m calling up on everybody – our hip-hop artists in Houston and around the nation – we’ve got to police ourselves. There are so many talented individuals, men and women, in that community, who again I love and I respect, and we all need to stand together and make sure no one tears down that industry.”

Fans leave bouquets of roses and lit candles in downtown Houston

Wednesday 2 November 2022 15:15 , Annabel Nugent

As per The New York Times, some fans have left bouquets of roses and lit candles in the area where Takeoff was shot dead.

Takeoff was killed outside 810 Billiards & Bowling in downtown Houston.

Takeoff said he wanted to be recognised for his work prior to his death

Wednesday 2 November 2022 15:05 , Annabel Nugent

In one of his final interviews, Takeoff said he wanted to be recognised for his work.

Days before his death, the Migos rapper appeared on Revolt’s Drink Champs podcast alongside Quavo to discuss their new album Only Built for Infinity Links.

When Drink Champs host N.O.R.E. said that Takeoff really shined on the album, the rapper replied: “For sure, enough is enough. I’m chill, I’m laid back, but it’s time to pop it, you know what I mean?

“It’s time to give me my flowers. I don’t want them when I ain’t here.”

Takeoff was the Migos member who ‘put the most early hours into the craft of rapping’

Wednesday 2 November 2022 14:50 , Annabel Nugent

As quoted by The Guardian, in his 2022 book Rap Capital: An Atlanta Story, Joe Coscarelli writes that Takeoff “put the most early hours into the craft of rapping” of the three members of Migos.

Growing up, he listened to Lil Wayne’s group the Hot Boys, Tupac, Biggie, and OutKast – albums that they bought at the local flea market in Atlanta.

Who is Takeoff and when did he start rapping?

Wednesday 2 November 2022 14:35 , Annabel Nugent

Takeoff was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia in 1994.

He grew up together with Quavo, his uncle who was only three years older than him. They were raised by Quavo’s mother Edna.

Takeoff developed a love and appreciation for Southern hip-hop and began rapping from a young age.

Quavo, Takeoff, and his cousin Offset began making music in 2008 under the name Polo Club. Takeoff was 14 years old at the time.

In 2011, the three-piece released their debut mixtape, titled Jung Season, as Migos.

Where did the shooting take place?

Wednesday 2 November 2022 14:19 , Annabel Nugent

The shooting occured in downtown Houston, at a bowling alley called 810 Billiards and Bowling Alley, where a private party of around 40 people, including Takeoff and Quavo, had been taking place.

An argument emerged and shots were fired from at least two weapons, leading many people to flee the scene, said the police.

It has been reported that the fight broke out after a game of dice.

Has anyone been arrested?

Wednesday 2 November 2022 13:47 , Annabel Nugent

As of yet, no suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident. Houston police have urged witnesses to come forward.

Houston police chief Troy Finner has requested that anyone who was present at the bowling alley and witnessed the shooting “step up” to give information.

Finner said at least 40 people would have seen the incident but that they likely fled the scene afraid of the gunshots.

We will update you as and when information regarding the suspects comes in.

Takeoff’s lawyer calls his death a ‘devastating loss, particularly for Atlanta’

Wednesday 2 November 2022 13:30 , Annabel Nugent

As quoted by The New York Times, Drew Findling – a lawyer for the musician and “confidant” to many rap stars – recalled his “peaceful” aura.

“When you’re around Takeoff, there’s a sense of peacefulness about his aura,” Findling said.

“He listens to you, he looks at you, he’s more focused on what you have to say than what he has to say. The world was starting to learn about Takeoff. It was his time to shine.”

Takeoff’s childhood love of Southern hip-hop inspired the origins of Migos

Wednesday 2 November 2022 13:15 , Annabel Nugent

As per The New York Times, it was Takeoff’s childhood love of Southern hip-hop that first inspired Migos as young teenagers.

The three-piece grew up in the Atlanta suburbs and as young teenagers would listen to music, including Outkast, Hot Boys, and Lil Wayne.

Police Chief says they have ‘no reason’ to believe Takeoff was ‘involved in anything criminal'

Wednesday 2 November 2022 13:00 , Annabel Nugent

During the press conference held on Tuesday (1 November), police chief Toby Finner said: “We have no reason to believe that he was involved in anything criminal at the time.”

Police said that shots were fired from at least two weapons during a party that was taking place at a bowling alley in downtown Houston.

Takeoff’s record label have said that the rapper was killed by a “stray bullet”. This has not been confirmed by the officials.

What Houston police have said about the fatal incident

Wednesday 2 November 2022 12:45 , Annabel Nugent

Houston police called a press conference on Tuesday (1 November) to speak about the shooting that killed Takeoff.

During the conference, police chief Troy Finner revealed several key details about the tragic event.

Police officers said they were called at approximately 2.34am local time (07.34 GMT) about a shooting outside 810 Billiards and Bowling Alley in downtown Houston where a private party of around 40 people, including Takeoff and Quavo, had been taking place.

An argument emerged and shots were fired from at least two weapons, said the police, which led to many people fleeing the scene.

Takeoff was pronounced dead at the scene. At the time, officials did not name the victim but identified him as a Black male in his 20s. It was Takeoff’s representatives who first confirmed his death, with the police confirmation following shortly after.

Everything we know after Migos rapper Takeoff shot and killed

Two other individuals – a 23-year-old male and a 24-year-old female – were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. In saying so, police appeared to confirm that Quavo was not injured during the altercation given that he is 31 years old.