US rapper Takeoff was shot dead at the age of 28

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US rapper Takeoff, real name Kirshnik Khari Ball, from the chart-topping group Migos, one of the most influential groups of their generation, was shot dead at the age of 28 in Houston on Tuesday. The trio issued the mixtape Back to the Bando, which included the hit song Look at My Dab – which popularised the dabbing dance trend that was later picked up by athletes and even politicians.The band split earlier this year. The shooting took place at about 02:30 local time (07:30 GMT) on a balcony outside the 810 Billiards and Bowling Alley, at a private party. Other two people were injured and were driven to hospital. No arrests have been announced.Tributes flooded in on social media. Fellow British rapper AJ Tracey said on Twitter: “Not Takeoff! RIP”; while Atlanta singer Keri Hilson wrote: “Rest In Peace. Healing love to your brothers, family, & friends. #gonetoosoon.”

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“No hot takes. No profound thoughts. Just sad that another rapper, son, brother, and friend has been killed. God be with all those who feel the loss,” “I’ll Find You” rapper Lecrae shared on Twitter.Takeoff began rapping from an early age. “Just making something and creating for me … I was getting my own pleasure out of it, because it’s what I liked doing. I’d wait for Quavo to get back from football practice and I’d play my songs for him,” he said at a time. Takeoff released his only solo album – The Last Rocket in 2018.