Celebrities, musicians and members of the hip hop community have come together on social media to share memories of Takeoff, one-third of the influential rap group Migos who died in a shooting in Houston on Tuesday. He was 28 years old.
Teyana Taylor posted a photo of Takeoff, born Kirshnik Khari Ball, in a shirt promoting her 2018 album “KTSE” with a touching caption calling him her “little brother” and pleading for the sad news to be “a bad dream”.
“I don’t want to believe it,” she wrote.
Drake shared a photo of him and Takeoff performing together on stage. “I have the fondest memories of all of us seeing the world together and bringing light to every city we touch,” the rapper wrote on Instagram.
“That’s what I’m going to focus on for now. Rest easy, spaceman, Take.”
Takeoff died early Tuesday after being shot following a private party, Houston Police Department Chief of Police Troy Finner said at a press briefing Tuesday afternoon. Police say several people present at the event – which took place in a bowling alley – fled the scene, and police are seeking further information regarding the shooting.
No arrests have been announced.
After:Authorities confirm the death of the takeoff and ask for additional information about the shooting
Outkast, comprised of Atlanta rappers André 3000 and Big Boi, sent its “deepest condolences and prayers to The family, friends and community of people of (Takeoff) touched by his profession” on Twitter.
Machine Gun Kelly reflected on the “honor” of appearing on Migos’ first mixtape in 2009, adding that it’s “crazy what they’ve been up to since.”
“I’m just glad he got to check out SOME of his flowers while he was here,” the rapper concluded.
SZA said she “cried” at the news of Takeoff’s death.
“God bless this man’s spirit, family and friends,” she wrote. “SUCH A TALENTED SOUL.”
Actor and comedian Marlon Wayans posted a photo of the Atlanta rapper and shared a statement about gun violence.
“There is no glory in depriving another man of his life. There is no jewelry, no money, no argument or disagreement worth a life,” Wayans wrote. “My heart is broken for this man’s family, friends, fans and everyone who knew him. And my heart aches for black people who have lost another young king to violence.”
Rapper and “Drink Champs” podcast host NORE said on Twitter “this is a sad day for all of us.”
He also shared a video clip of a recent appearance by Take off on the podcast saying it “was time to give me my flowers”.
NORE continued, “#TakeOff was a true student of #HipHop & Gone way too soon Glad to give you your King flowers, you fully deserved it! #LongLiveTakeOff prayers and condolences to his family and friends!”
Ari Lennox shared on Twitter she “prayed for all who knew and loved him”.
“Rest in peace take off,” she wrote.
Steve Aoki wrote that he couldn’t “believe this news” and shared various photos of himself with Takeoff and the rest of the Migos trio.
JPEG Mafia, Brooklyn-born rapper shared that while he doesn’t know Takeoff personally, he “(hates) to see black men die and their death immediately turn into content or a tactic to promote something.”
“They’re the only group of people this happens to on a regular basis,” the rapper concluded.
DJ Khaled sent his “sincere and deep condolences”.
“Takeoff is an amazing man and a beautiful person all around,” he captioned two photos of himself with Migos with his family and in the studio. “(Takeoff’s) energy has always been beautiful, full of love and such great energy…we love you bro!”
Travis Scott shared a photo of the two on his Instagram Story and wrote, “Forever the Space Cadet. Forever the Humblest, Illest Rocket 4ever Take.”
The game also called on people on social media to stop sharing a video takeoff after being shot down on Tuesday.
Keke Palmer took to Instagram calling Takeoff’s death “horrible” and the video of his online spread “tragic”.
“It’s all just tragic and I’m so sorry for all his family and everything he touched. Truly terrible,” she wrote.
“Plugwalk” rapper Rich The Kid called Takeoff his “brother,” “twin” and “best friend” in a touching Instagram post, sharing photos of the two over the years.
“The most humble person I know,” wrote Rich the Kid. “We used to share shoes and clothes before we had no problem. I miss you already, you didn’t deserve this! I can’t stop crying.”
Electronic music producer and DJ Marshmello said he was “honored to have worked with (Takeoff).”
“I can’t believe it,” he added.
Gucci Mane posted a photo of Takeoff saying the news “broke my heart”.
“My heart is broken,” written Chloe Bailey on Twitter.
Bella Hadid shared a tribute to Takeoff on Instagram, writing, “Gone way too soon. God bring the angels he needs back to heaven…Takeoff was such a sweet and kind soul…A tragedy that didn’t need to happen .”
Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams tweeted that Takeoff’s death is a “tragic loss” to his condition.
“Kirshnik Khari Ball has influenced Hip Hop and our culture beyond measure. My condolences go out to Takeoff’s family, friends, and all who have been inspired by his talent,” Abrams wrote.
“I mourn that such frivolous violence ended your life”, Berenice King wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “My heart goes out to Takeoff’s family and all those devastated by his death. We have a lot of work to do to transform the culture of violence into one of awareness and community care.”
Police responded shortly after 2:30 a.m. to reports of the shooting at 810 Billiards & Bowling, where dozens of people had gathered on a balcony outside the third-floor bowling alley, the city said. police. Officers discovered a dead man when they arrived.
Takeoff was the youngest member of Migos, the suburban Atlanta rap trio that also included his uncle Quavo and cousin Offset. They first broke through with the massive hit “Versace” in 2013. The song was remixed by Drake, boosting its popularity.
Contribute: The Associated Press
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