New details about Takeoff’s death have been revealed as the artist’s mourning continues.
Takeoff, who rose to fame as a third of platinum-selling rap group Migos, was shot dead early Tuesday at a private party in Houston, Texas.
he was 28
The Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office listed the manner of death as homicide, listing “penetrating gunshot wounds to the head and torso in the arm” as the cause of death.
A 23-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman were also injured. Homicide Sergeant Michael Arrington told reporters Tuesday they were both fine.
The death of Takeoff, who was known as a quiet, reserved member of his group that included his uncle Quavo, is the latest high-profile death by a hip-hop artist.
Former groupmate and longtime friend Offset has not spoken publicly about Takeoff’s death, but on Wednesday he changed the avatar on his verified Instagram account to a photo of Takeoff with a white heart.
A number of celebrities have paid tribute to the murdered artist, including Drake, Gucci Mane, Machine Gun Kelly and Beyoncé, who have changed their website’s landing page to include a photo of him.
Takeoff seemed aware of the potential danger rappers sometimes face,
During a conversation on the Drink Champs podcast that recently streamed, he and Quavo spoke to hosts NORE and DJ EFN about their new album, Only Built for Infinity Links.
The conversation turned to security and the murders of fellow artists Pop Smoke and PnB Rock. Takeoff said, “One has to be careful with social media now.”
“You have to be careful what you post because even though you’re just trying to show off and show stuff to your fans, it’s the people who are following you and looking at it [have] have bad intentions and don’t want what’s best for you. They look at your site and see you every day,” he said. “That’s why I don’t even really post like that, or if I do, I post after I’ve left the spot. I’ll post tomorrow or the day after and you think I’m in one place. But no, I’m at the crib.”
Authorities are asking witnesses to come forward and provide information in hopes of arresting the person(s) responsible.