Takeoff, who was one-third of the platinum-selling rap group Migos, was fatally shot early Tuesday in Houston, Texas, a source close to the group confirmed to CNN.
He was 28 years old.
Houston police said they responded to the scene of a shooting in downtown Houston at a bowling alley and pool hall around 2:30 a.m. local time. One person was found dead, according to a tweet from the department.
Two other victims were taken in private vehicles to hospitals, police said.
Authorities say police were told a private party had been held at the scene before the shooting. An investigation is underway.
Born in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Takeoff began performing with his uncle and fellow rapper Quavo, along with Offset, as Migos in 2008. The trio shot to fame with their 2013 single, “Versace.”
Their success only increased in 2016 with the release of their hit “Bad and Boujee”, which featured recording artist Lil Uzi Vert.
The single quickly became an internet sensation, spawning a slew of memes that played the lyrics “rain drop, drop top”.
The song received an even bigger boost after creator and “Atlanta” star Donald Glover dropped the single’s name during an acceptance speech at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.
“I really want to thank the Migos, not for being on the show, but for doing ‘Bad and Boujee,'” Glover said at the time. “Like it’s the best song ever.”
Takeoff and Quavo recently formed the duo “Unc & Phew” and released their debut album, “Only Built for Infinity Links,” on October 7.
The music video for their song “Messy” was released on Monday.
During a recent conversation on the “Drink Champs” podcast days before his death, Takeoff received praise for his outstanding performance on the new project.
” I’m cool. I’m laid back, but it’s time to pop it,” Takeoff said. “It’s time to give me my flowers. I don’t want them later when I’m not there.