Rapper Takeoff was shot dead outside a Houston club, allegedly during a dice game.
Takeoff, 28, who is best known for being a member of the hip-hop trio Migos, was shot while a group gathered outside a bowling alley called 810 Billiards & Bowling Houston at 2:30 am this morning.
In a photo of the scene, Takeoff was reportedly dead on the floor with a pool of blood next to his head, hours after he posted an Instagram story in which he wore the same outfit while smoking.
Takeoff had joined his uncle and fellow Migos rapper Quavo for a game of dice before the shooting, witnesses and law enforcement sources said. TMZ.
A fight broke out during the dice game and a person opened fire, shooting Takeoff in the process.
Video of the scene shows Takeoff lying dead on the floor while Quavo – dressed in an orange top – runs over to him and calls for someone to help.
A photo of the scene reportedly shows Takeoff lying dead on the floor (right), hours after he posted an Instagram story of him smoking (left)
Rapper Takeoff of Migos performs at the Rolling Loud festival at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 29, 2019 in Oakland, California
Houston police did not name the rapper as the victim of the shooting, but they did confirm that one person had been killed in a shooting at 1200 Polk in downtown Houston.
The victim was found dead on arrival, police said.
Sources told TMZ that two other people were shot and taken to the shooting – it’s unclear what their circumstances are.
Four hours before the shooting, Takeoff posted a photo of himself smoking in the bowling alley. Quavo had also posted an Instagram story of him driving around Houston with Jas Prince, who was celebrating his birthday.
Earlier this month, Takeoff and Quavo joined forces in their debut duo with their album ‘Only Built for Infinity Links.
While there have been whispers that the Atlanta rap trio Migos is breaking up for good, there has been no official announcement of their disbandment.
Instead, Takeoff and Quavo released “Only Built for Infinity Links,” without the third Migos member, Offset.
While all three artists have previously released albums as solo artists during their time together, some fans believe there is friction between the hitmakers.
The group’s 2018 Migos album Culture II debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 albums chart.
This was their second No. 1 album in the US, after Culture, which included their hit Bad And Boujee.
The family bond is strong within Migos, as Quavo and Offset are cousins, while Takeoff is Quavo’s nephew.
The group released their first mixtape, Juug Season, in 2011, and a second called No Label in 2012.
In 2013, Migos had their first hit, Versace. While the single peaked at number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it was given a new lease of life when Drake remixed the song and added a verse of his own, going so far as to perform it at the iHeartRadio Music Festival that year.
In June of that year, Migos released their YRN mixtape, which featured Versace. The following year, the group released a sequel to their No Label mixtape called No Label II.
The mixtape was a huge hit, having been downloaded nearly a million times and certified double platinum by DatPiff.
The group, which has earned two Grammy nominations, released its first album, Yung Rich Nation, in June 2015, which peaked at number 3 on Billboard’s Top Rap Albums chart.