The Georgia-born US musician, real name Kirsnick Khari Ball, was shot and killed at a bowling alley in the early hours of this morning (November 1). He was 28 years old.
Migos’ label Quality Control shared a statement which said: “It is with broken hearts and deep sadness that we mourn the loss of our beloved brother Kirsnick Khari Ball, known to the world as Takeoff.”
Posting a tribute on Instagram, Drake shared an image of himself performing with Takeoff and wrote: “I got the best memories of all of us seeing the world together and bringing light to every city we touch. That’s what I’ll focus on for now. rest easy space man.”
Tyler, the Creator also posted an image of Takeoff on his Instagram Stories, captioning it “safe travels”.
Ja Rule paid his respects, tweeting: “Rip Takeoff.. this shit has to STOP… sending love to friends and family,” while Future wrote: “TakeOff forever Legendary.”
Rip Takeoff… this shit has to STOP… sending love to friends and family 🕊🙏🏾
— Ja Rule (@jarule) November 1, 2022
TakeOff forever Legendary
— FUTURE/FREEBANDZ (@1future) November 2, 2022
Rick Ross also expressed his sadness, tweeting: “We lost a young legend”, while representatives for Def Jam Recordings added: “Sending our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Takeoff.” Khalid and Kid Cudi also offered their condolences.
We lost a young legend #Takeoff 🙏🏽
— Yung Rénzél 👑 (@RickRoss) November 1, 2022
RIP Takeoff 🙏🏾
— Khalid (@thegreatkhalid) November 1, 2022
— The Chosen One (@KiDCuDi) November 1, 2022
Sending our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Takeoff 🙏🏾
— Def Jam Recordings (@defjam) November 1, 2022
Political figures including Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia Stacey Abrams also paid tribute to the late rapper.
“This is heartbreaking news and a tragic loss to GA and the music industry. Born and raised in Gwinnett County, Kirshnik Khari Ball influenced Hip Hop and our Culture beyond measure,” she wrote.
“My condolences are with Takeoff’s family, friends and all those who were inspired by his talent.”
This is heartbreaking news and a tragic loss to GA and the music industry. Born and raised in Gwinnett County, Kirshnik Khari Ball influenced Hip Hop and our Culture beyond measure.
My condolences are with Takeoff’s family, friends and all those who were inspired by his talent. https://t.co/5SI04LzTau
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 1, 2022
You can see further tributes below:
What the fuck??!!!!!
— Dr. Love (@questlove) November 1, 2022
R.I.P. @1YoungTakeoff 💔
— Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) November 1, 2022
rip takeoff 🙏
— Cole Bennett (@_ColeBennett_) November 1, 2022
Today, Georgia lost one of our own. My heart goes out to Takeoff’s family, friends, and everyone in our state and around the world who loved his music. 🙏🏾 https://t.co/fjjVGYvkeR
— Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (@SenatorWarnock) November 1, 2022
It goes without saying that I’m broken hearted and confused this morning. But I have to say Take is a one of a kind friend that would always acknowledge you, always make sure you was good and would always tell you keep God first. Man I wish I had more times to see u on this earth pic.twitter.com/FxauVhomiq
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) November 1, 2022
RIP Takeoff 🕊
— Rae Sremmurd (@RaeSremmurd) November 1, 2022
— Bow Wow (@smoss) November 1, 2022
Damn takeoff 💔💔💔
— Yung Miami (@YungMiami305) November 1, 2022
Condolences to Takeoff's Family. This is beyond sad to be killed in a senseless situation with so much success.
— DJ Premier (@REALDJPREMIER) November 1, 2022
#Takeoff, I mourn that such frivolous violence has ended your life. My heart goes out to Takeoff’s family and to all who are devastated by his death. We have a lot of work to do in transforming the culture of violence into a culture of community awareness and care. pic.twitter.com/dEu6nsGauC
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) November 1, 2022
RIP TAKEOFF 😞
— RAULEETO (@rauwalejandro) November 1, 2022
Unending love to the families of Davido & Takeoff. Your children are resting in perfect peace 🕊
— Fountain Baby (@amaarae) November 1, 2022
RIP TAKEOFF A SENSELESS AND UNBELIEVABLE LOSS
— SOUL GLO (@soulglophl) November 1, 2022
Mannn Takeoff’s death? So tragic, gone too soon and young. Incredibly gifted. Sending condolences to all his family/friends. May his soul rest in eternal peace 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/SrzRwSE9t8
— Amra Olević Reyes (@amrezy) November 1, 2022
rip takeoff fr bro instilled sm confidence in me w his voice 💭🕊
— Princess Forever (@dreamerisioma) November 1, 2022
Heart heavy today 💔💔💔
Rest in Paradise Takeoff 😢🙏🏾
Sending My deepest condolences to Quavo & his loved ones
— BIA (@BIABIA) November 1, 2022
RIP Takeoff 🙏🏽 God Bless his family and give ‘em strength 🙏🏽
— Cordae (@cordae) November 1, 2022
Rest In Peace Takeoff 🕊💔 pic.twitter.com/7BFOq8qE8Q
— 4444444 (@Jxmmi) November 1, 2022
REST IN PARADISE TAKEOFF!!!! FUCK MAN!! THIS SHIT JUST HIT HARD AND IM TRYNA GRASP WORDS TO SAY BUT I CAN’T!!!!! pic.twitter.com/rb5GrByV8V
— First Class 🏁 (@1DJFirstClass) November 1, 2022
— Lecrae (@lecrae) November 1, 2022
Rip Takeoff pic.twitter.com/y44a21A4Gr
— Kurtis Blow (@KurtisBlow1) November 1, 2022
Meanwhile, fans have also been remembering Takeoff by sharing some of his best verses.
Takeoff delivered his last live performance on Saturday night (October 29) at Lil Wayne‘s Lil WeezyAna Fest in New Orleans, Louisiana.
He performed at the event with Quavo, his Migos bandmate and uncle, under the moniker Unc & Phew.
The set was held in promotion of the duo’s recently released collaborative album ‘Only Built For Infinity Links’, and saw them perform songs such as Migos’ ‘T-Shirt’ and ‘Straightenin’.
The pair released the album while Migos were on an indefinite hiatus. During their time together, Migos released a host of records including four studio albums and 12 mixtapes, and were known for such songs as ‘Versace’, ‘Bad And Boujee’ and ‘Stir Fry’.