Celebrities including Gucci Mane and Ja Rule are in mourning after Migos rapper Takeoff was killed in a shooting in Houston, Texas on the morning of Nov. 1. The 28-year-old was reportedly shot and killed at 810 Billiards & Bowling, according to TMZ, who reported that Takeoff was with fellow Migos member Quavo at the time of the incident. “Along with my firm, I am devastated by the tragic death of Kirshnik Ball, known to his fans as Takeoff,” the fallen rapper’s attorney Drew Findling said in a statement to HollywoodLife. “Takeoff was not only a brilliant musical artist with unlimited talent but also a uniquely kind and gentle soul. He will be greatly missed now and always.”
In the wake of Takeoff’s death, so many fellow rappers and celebrities posted tributes on social media to honor the “Versace” singer. One day after Takeoff was killed, his Migos bandmate, Offset, changed his profile picture on Instagram to be an image of the rapper. However, he was seemingly not ready to post a full tribute at that time. See their messages below.
Gucci Mane, who appeared on Migos’ Culture II album, posted a photo of Takeoff on Instagram as his tribute to the late rapper. He also wrote, “This broke my heart 💔 Rest In Peace.”
Beyonce turned the landing page of her personal website into a tribute to the slain artist. A large black and white photo of TakeOff wearing white sunglasses, a black bucket hat and lots of bling takes over the first page on her site. Next to the photo she has his given name, Kirsnick Khari Ball, along with the years he lived, 1994-2022, and the words “Rest In Power.”
Machine Gun Kelly
Machine Gun Kelly shared a series of photos to his Instagram page to honor his fallen friend. The pictures go all the way back to 2009 when MGK first worked with The Migos artist. In the caption of the photo series the singer wrote: “since 09’ i watched you grow into one of the best rappers of our generation. This one f***’d me up.” He also gave a shout out to TakeOff’s Migos bandmates, and family members, Offset and Quavo.
Rapper Ja Rule said on Twitter, “Rip Takeoff… this shit has to STOP… sending love to friends and family.”
Rip Takeoff… this shit has to STOP… sending love to friends and family 🕊🙏🏾
— Ja Rule (@jarule) November 1, 2022
Chloe Bailey shared her devastating reaction to Takeoff’s death on Twitter. “RIP Takeoff my heart is broken,” the singer wrote with three broken-heart emojis.
RIP Takeoff 💔💔💔
my heart is broken
— Chlöe (@ChloeBailey) November 1, 2022
“This is horrible,” Keke Palmer wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of Takeoff. “From the tragedy of the death to the tragedy of there being a video of it online. It’s all just tragic and I am so sorry to his whole family and all he touched. Really terrible,” she added.
Kelly Rowland reacted to Takeoff’s death on her Instagram Story. “Keeping his family in my prayers! There are no words…” she said.
YouTuber Jake Paul had an angry response to Takeoff’s death in a shooting. “Senseless killings need to stop. Need to unify. RIP TAKEOFF,” Jake wrote on Twitter.
Senseless killings need to stop. Need to unify. RIP TAKEOFF.
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) November 1, 2022
Real Housewives of Atlanta alum NeNe Leakes shared love to some of Takeoff’s loved ones on Instagram, as she asked fans for their prayers. “Treet, Edna…I am thinking of you during this painful, traumatizing time and here to support you in anyway that I can! NeNe wrote. “Please lift these mom’s, Takeoff and their entire family in prayer 🙏🏾my deepest condolences,” she added.
Yung Miami shared her heartbreaking reaction to Takeoff’s passing on Twitter. “Damn takeoff 💔💔💔,” the City Girls rapper wrote.
Damn takeoff 💔💔💔
— Yung Miami (@YungMiami305) November 1, 2022
Democratic politician and Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams reacted to Takeoff’s death on Twitter. Stacey called Takeoff’s passing “a tragic loss” to his home state Georgia and the music industry.
This is heartbreaking news and a tragic loss to GA and the music industry. Born and raised in Gwinnett County, Kirshnik Khari Ball influenced Hip Hop and our Culture beyond measure.
My condolences are with Takeoff’s family, friends and all those who were inspired by his talent. https://t.co/5SI04LzTau
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 1, 2022
Professional wrestler Ric Flair posted an old photo of himself with all three members of Migos, including Takeoff, after the rapper died. “Rest In Peace @1YoungTakeoff!,” Ric wrote on Twitter, alongside a praying hands emoji.
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) November 1, 2022
Martin Luther King Jr.‘s daughter Bernice King shared a moving statement on Twitter following Takeoff’s death. “#Takeoff, I mourn that such frivolous violence has ended your life. My heart goes out to Takeoff’s family and to all who are devastated by his death. We have a lot of work to do in transforming the culture of violence into a culture of community awareness and care,” Bernice said.
Drake took to Instagram in the hours following the news, with an onstage pic performing with Takeoff. “I got the best memories of all of us seeing the world together and bringing light to every city we touch,” the rapper captioned the pic. “That’s what I’ll focus on for now 😔 rest easy space man Take 🚀.”
Kylie Cosmetics founder Kylie Jenner took to IG stories to share her grief on Tuesday, November 1. “So many prayers,” she captioned a share of his “Hotel Lobby” video with Quavo. “God cover this family. heartbreaking. gone too soon. devastating.” Kylie captioned her message with heartbreak and prayer emojis.