Takeoff shooting - latest: Migos rapper’s coroner report reveals new death details as Offset pays tribute

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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09:22 , Peony Hirwani

Migos - made up of Takeoff, Offset and Quavo – grew up together in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Migos was formed in 2008. The trio originally called themselves the Polo Club.

The three members are directly related and were raised together; Quavo was Takeoff’s uncle, and Offset is Quavo’s cousin.

Video shows man with a gun at party where Takeoff was shot

08:30 , Peony Hirwani

ICYMI: A video obtained by TMZ appears to show a person of interest standing with a gun in his pocket moments before Takeoff was fatally shot.

The man is seen standing with a gun as Quavo, Takeoff’s bandmate, gets into an argument with someone.

The same individual can then be seen with the gun drawn before shots are heard.

Police are aware of the footage.

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Autopsy reveals Takeoff was shot more than once

07:48 , Peony Hirwani

Takeoff was shot multiple times, the coroner’s report confirmed.

The Harris County Medical Examiner confirmed his cause of death was “penetrating gunshot wounds” and ruled his death as a “homicide”.

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

07:30 , Peony Hirwani

ICYMI: Offset has paid a subtle tribute to his late bandmate Takeoff.

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.

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

Metro Boomin pays tribute to Takeoff

04:41 , Peony Hirwani

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.

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

03:34 , Peony Hirwani

James Corden says he shared some “unforgettable moments” with Takeoff, and fondly remembered how the US rapper used to refer to him as “Big Drip”.

The host of the US programme The Late Late Show said the artist had “essentially willed Migos into existence” and that they had become “one of the most influential rap groups of this generation”.

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

Offset pays tribute to Migos bandmate

02:07 , Tom Murray

Offset and Quavo have yet to issue a full statement aftee the death of Takeoff.

However, Offset has paid a subtle tribute to his late Migos bandmate by changing the profile photos on his social media profiles to images of Takeoff.

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

Artist’s tribute to Takeoff goes viral on TikTok

00:54 , Tom Murray

Artist Rob The Original has gone viral for his astonishing portrait of the late rapper formed out of clothing.

A video of the creator finishing off the portrait has nearly two million views on TikTok at the time of writing.

Autopsy reveals Takeoff was shot more than once

Thursday 3 November 2022 23:43 , Tom Murray

Takeoff was shot multiple times, the coroner’s report confirmed.

The Harris County Medical Examiner confirmed his cause of death was “penetrating gunshot wounds” and ruled his death as a “homicide”.

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Kanye West honours Takeoff in Twitter tribute

Thursday 3 November 2022 20:55 , Inga Parkel

Following the recent reinstatement of his Twitter account, Kanye West followed up his return by posting a photo in honour of Takeoff.

Alongside a picture of him and The Migos rap trio during the earlier release of his Donda 2 album, West wrote, “Love forever”, followed by a subsequent photo of Takeoff, Offset and Quavo, with the caption: “Family.”

‘Now may you rest in perfect peace’: Nicki Minaj pays tribute to Takeoff

Thursday 3 November 2022 19:32 , Tom Murray

Nicki Minaj has become the latest rapper to pay tribute to Takeoff after his death.

The “Superbass” artist shared a photo of the Migos member on her Instagram Story Thursday (3 November).

She wrote in a caption: “Now may you rest in perfect peace.”

Video shows man with a gun at party where Takeoff was shot

Thursday 3 November 2022 18:13 , Tom Murray

A video obtained by TMZ appears to show a person of interest standing with a gun in his pocket moments before Takeoff was fatally shot.

The man is seen standing with a gun as Quavo, Takeoff’s bandmate, gets into an argument with someone.

The same individual can then be seen with the gun drawn before shots are heard.

Police are aware of the footage.

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Person of interest filmed with a gun moments before Migos member Takeoff’s death

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

Thursday 3 November 2022 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

Thursday 3 November 2022 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

Thursday 3 November 2022 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

Thursday 3 November 2022 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

Thursday 3 November 2022 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

Thursday 3 November 2022 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?

Thursday 3 November 2022 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

Thursday 3 November 2022 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

Thursday 3 November 2022 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

Thursday 3 November 2022 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

Thursday 3 November 2022 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

Thursday 3 November 2022 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

Thursday 3 November 2022 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

Thursday 3 November 2022 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.”