RIP Takeoff


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On Tuesday, November 1st, Kirshnick Khari Ball better known as Takeoff from the music group Migos died at the age of 28. Takeoff was fatally shot at a Houston bowling alley over an argument that came from a dice game. The New York Times stated that “the police said that the shooting occurred after a private party at 810 Billiards and Bowling. As a large group of about 40 people gathered near the front door on the third level, an argument ensued and shots were fired from at least two weapons,” they said, “leading to many people fleeing.” For this reason, the police have not yet taken anyone into custody to be charged for his death.

The sudden death of the rapper left many fans, celebrities and other artists in shock. Many took to social media to show their respect and grief for the rapper. CBS News shared some of the responses that came from celebrities such as Keke Palmer, Chlöe, Teyana Taylor and Lacrae.

A week after the funeral, the uncle and cousin of Takeoff shared their respect and grief for their family member in a letter they both had written that was shared to their instagram. Quavo (Takeoff’s uncle) shared the memories of their childhood and talked about how Takeoff really had the dedication for rapping; he says “He created his triplet flow and the rest was HISTORY. He never worried about titles, credit, or what man got the most shine, that wasn’t him. He didn’t care about none of that as long as we brought it back home to the family!” Two days after Quavo posted his emotional letter to Takeoff, Offset (Takeoff’s cousin) followed in his footsteps by posting a heartfelt letter expressing the gratitude and grief that he is feeling towards his cousin saying, “The pain you have left me with is unbearable. My heart is shattered and I have so many things to say, but I can’t find the words. I’ve been going to sleep and waking up hoping that all of this is a dream, but it’s reality, and reality feels like a nightmare.” The full letters are on Pitchfork.

On Friday, November 11th, the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia was turned into a church to host the funeral of Takeoff. Many fans and celebrities showed their respects to the late artist, as the three hour long service had performances from Justin Bieber, Chloe Bailey and Yolanda Adams, A poem from Drake and words from Atlanta mayor Andre Dickens and the founder of the Migos’s Quality Control Music.