The Migos rapper (real name Kirshnik Ball) was shot and killed outside a bowling alley in Houston, Texas in the early hours of Tuesday (November 1). The 28-year-old was fatally wounded after a dice game turned violent and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Quavo, who was with Takeoff at the time of the shooting, was unscathed. Two other victims were transported to nearby hospitals with gunshot wounds, according to police.
Takeoff’s untimely demise has perhaps been most felt in his native Atlanta, Georgia, as many of the city’s musical flag bearers flocked to social media on Tuesday morning to pay tribute to the late Migos lyricist.
“This broke my heart[.] Rest In Peace @yrntakeoff,” wrote Gucci Mane — who worked with the Culture trio on hits like “I Get the Bag” and “Slippery” — on Instagram next to a photo of the late rapper.
Killer Mike added in a heartfelt tweet: “May God Bless Our Dead & May God Protect Our Living. Praying for the Migos family. Praying for my people that we may one day end this war with ourselves.”
Fellow ATLiens Mike WiLL Made-It, Rae Sremmurd, J.I.D, Rich Homie Quan, London On Da Track, K Camp, Baby Tate and the Ying Yang Twins also mourned Takeoff’s passing.
May God Bless Our Dead & May God Protect Our Living.
Praying for the Migos family. 🙏🏾
Praying for my people that we may one day end this war with ourselves. 🤲🏾
— Killer Mike (@KillerMike) November 1, 2022
Outside of Georgia, New York natives Lloyd Banks, Ja Rule and Westside Gunn extended their condolences to Takeoff’s loved ones, while “Panda” hitmaker Desiigner broke down in tears on Instagram Live after learning of the rapper’s death.
“Bro, I can’t even hold it together. I can’t call Qua, I can’t call Offset, I can’t call none of these n-ggas,” he said while crying. “I’m done. I can’t live like this no more.”
Desiigner also suggested he was retiring from music, writing: “I’m done rap” in an Instagram Story.
Designer in tears over Takeoff’s death and says he is quitting rap 🙏😔💔 pic.twitter.com/VvDKWWSJvg
— Daily Loud (@DailyLoud) November 1, 2022
The shockwaves of Takeoff’s death have also impacted beyond the music world, with Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young, former NBA baller Jamal Crawford and retired NFL star Darrelle Revis among those who reacted to the news.
“No Fucking Way..,” a shocked Young tweeted, while an equally stunned Crawford wrote: “I can’t believe this. RIP Takeoff…”
No Fucking Way..
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) November 1, 2022
I can’t believe this. RIP Takeoff…
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) November 1, 2022
Check out more reactions to Takeoff’s death below. HipHopDX sends its condolences to his family, friends and fans.
Come the fuck on man smmfh
— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) November 1, 2022
RIP TAKE , DAMN LIL BRO 😢🙏🏾💔👑💐
— MADE-IT (@MikeWiLLMadeIt) November 1, 2022
Smh this shit is disgusting, hateful shit man
— (J.I.D) (@JIDsv) November 1, 2022
RIP Takeoff 🕊
— Rae Sremmurd (@RaeSremmurd) November 1, 2022
The World just lost a REAL 1, I’m Fuckin devastated right now TAKE OFF is CULTURE 🤲🏽🤲🏽 CONDOLENCES to his Family 💔
— WESTSIDEGUNN (@WESTSIDEGUNN) November 1, 2022
Damn takeoff 💔💔💔
— Yung Miami (@YungMiami305) November 1, 2022
— The Chosen One (@KiDCuDi) November 1, 2022
Damn mane damn
— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) November 1, 2022
Dam take 😢
— RICH HOMIE BABY! (@RichHomieQuan) November 1, 2022
Rest In Peace Takeoff 🙏🏽 my condolences 💐 to his family and close friends,very dope artist gone too soon. pic.twitter.com/lNqkkNzzAx
— Lloydbanks (@Lloydbanks) November 1, 2022
Rip Takeoff… this shit has to STOP… sending love to friends and family 🕊🙏🏾
— Ja Rule (@jarule) 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
I’m devastated…. way too young and too dope, my condolences goes out to his family I am absolutely crushed… 🙏🏾
— SCARFACE (@BrotherMob) November 1, 2022
— Bow Wow (@smoss) November 1, 2022
Long live takeoff shit krazy out here
— WeGotLondonOnDaTrack (@LondonOnDaTrack) November 1, 2022
Woww man wtf this shit lame
— TM88 (@TM88) November 1, 2022
What is going on…Come on…WTF!!!
— DJ Jazzy Jeff the Tutor (@djjazzyjeff215) November 1, 2022
oh man rest in peace Takeoff 😔
— el-p (@therealelp) November 1, 2022
really want better, longer, safer lives for all of us. it hurts.
— black (@6LACK) November 1, 2022
— Keri Hilson (@KeriHilson) November 1, 2022
Mama called me crying this morning.
RIP takeoff 🚀
— FLOAT (@kcamp) November 1, 2022
I can’t imagine what Takeoff’s family must be going through right now. I’m sending all my love to his loved ones in this moment. I’m so sorry for this loss. This hurts.
— mani pedi 💅🦶 (@imbabytate) November 1, 2022
Long live Takeoff 💔 pic.twitter.com/3abnptbiE3
— 𝕯 𝖊 𝖚 𝖈 𝖎 𝖋 𝖊 𝖗 🔱 (@dukedeuce901) November 1, 2022
rip takeoff 🙏🏼
— RUSS (@russdiemon) November 1, 2022
— Lecrae (@lecrae) November 1, 2022
My heart goes out to takeoff and his loved ones. Prayers up. Love
— MADMAN 37.563936, -116.85123 (@CardoGotWings) November 1, 2022
— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) November 1, 2022
RIP 🙏🏾 TakeOff
— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) November 1, 2022
Rest In Peace to Takeoff.
Praying for his family.
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) November 1, 2022
SMH. Damn. RIP Take Off. It’s happening so often in our genre and in our community that it’s almost numbing. Letting it become the norm for us is maddening. Prayers up for his family 🙏🏽👑 pic.twitter.com/tFL113qiX0
— Skyzoo (@skyzoo) November 1, 2022
I've never heard Takeoff name in any mess ever. Like wtf?!? #RIP
— Rah Digga (@therealrahdigga) November 1, 2022
do y'all not realize these niggas changed the whole cadence of rap when they came out? rip Takeoff. this man has been staying out the way, keeping it minimal, and minding his own buisiness since the beginning. If that's not enough to be left alone, then idk.
— FEO (@UglyGod) November 1, 2022
RIP Takeoff this is too sad… that man never bothered anyone. And he was a damn good rapper. Fuck.
— Nappin 4Tay (@atrak) November 1, 2022
rip takeoff 🙏
— Cole Bennett (@_ColeBennett_) November 1, 2022
Take Off was literally the smoothest and quietest artist. RIP.
— IG: Mickey.Factz (@MickeyFactz) November 1, 2022
Smoking one for takeoff 🛫
— lil duval (@lilduval) November 1, 2022