Takeoff struck by STRAY BULLET, was not the actual target, Migos' record label claims
HOUSTON, TEXAS: Quality Control Music has broken their silence on the tragic death of Migos rapper Takeoff. Migos' record label released a statement on Tuesday, November 1, on their official Instagram handle on the untimely death of the rapper whose real name was Kirsnick Khari Ball. Migos’ record label has revealed that the 28-year-old rapper was shot dead after being hit by a 'stray bullet' on Tuesday November 1 at a private bowling event in Houston,Texas.
Takeoff was a member of the prominent hiphop group Migos, which was formed in 2008 and comprised three members - Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff. Migos released their debut album 'Yung Rich Nation' in July 2015 through Quality Control Music and 300 Entertainment. Quality Control Music is a record label founded by Kevin (Coach K), Lee and Pierre "P" Thomas.
"It is with broken hearts and deep sadness that we mourn the loss of our beloved brother Kirsnick Khari Ball, professionally known as Takeoff," the statement read. Condemning "senseless violence," the label said the one-third of Migos was struck by "a stray bullet."
"Senseless violence and a stray bullet has taken another life from this world and we are devastated," the statement continued. "Please respect his family and friends as we all continue to process this monumental loss."
Quality Control CEO Pierre "P" Thomas also shared a heartfelt post on the death of the rapper, "Young King @yrntakeoff I don't know where to begin but I want to say that anybody that knows me knows how much I love you and anybody that knows you knows that you definitely didn't deserve to die at such a young age."
I want our community to remember that we don't have to continue to result to violence every time there is a disagreement. It's ok to love your brother and sister. We all have been guilty of self hate but I pray this never ending cycle will some day change us all."
Thomas concluded, "We have so many memories to keep your name alive. As we mourn your lost I pray that everyone please be understanding to what the family has to see on the internet with the videos and negative comments. This is somebody's child. Let them get thru this process with peace and love. You came from the stars so I know you will forever be up there watching down on all of us. I will forever love you."
Initially, it was claimed that Takeoff and Quavo got into a fight while playing dice at a private party at 810 Billiards & Bowling in Houston, Texas. Quavo was seen arguing before someone started shooting in a video that TMZ was able to obtain. When police came, they saw a big crowd and a man who had been shot in the head or neck. Takeoff was declared dead on the scene. Police are requesting witnesses to "step up" with more information to help them catch the shooter as they have not yet been able to identify him.
Meanwhile tributes poured in from many other hip-hop stars for the dead rapper. Drake posted on Instagram, "Rest easy space man Take", and said his "heart hurts so much for the family & the entire team behind the tragic loss of a true legend."
DJ Khaled also expressed "sincere and deepest condolences to" Takeoff's family and close ones. "Takeoff is an incredible man and a beautiful people all around, [Takeoff's] energy was always beautiful filled wit so much love and so much great energy. We love you brother. Sending prayers, love and blessings."