Medical examiner’s office determines Migos rapper Takeoff’s cause of death
NEW YORK — The rapper who left behind a message on his Instagram that read “Lord, I want to be a pimp like Kanye” has died, after collapsing in New York City on Friday, police said. Police said they don’t yet know what led to his death but believe the 36-year-old Migos rapper.
The rapper’s body is being sent to Boston for an autopsy, according to police sources.
A friend who answered the phone at Takeoff’s apartment in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn said the musician died early Friday morning at Roosevelt Hospital.
Takeoff was at a party in New York City Friday night, and was reportedly partying with friends on Saturday night. He left for Massachusetts Sunday, and was last seen on Instagram a few hours before his death, where his caption read, “Took a walk around and saw a good friend. Lord, I want to be a pimp like Kanye.’
In an Instagram post on Sunday, Takeoff wrote, “Lord, I’m going to sleep tonight and wake up and be better than yesterday.”
Takeoff’s music career began with the rapper’s own music, but it wasn’t until his music partner Lil Uzi Vert began recording songs in 2008 that Takeoff began appearing in concert.
Takeoff released his first solo album, 2013’s All-Stars 3 — with guest appearances by Chance The Rapper, Tyler, The Creator, Action Bronson, Vince Staples, and Nicki Minaj — a year later.
Taking a different route, Takeoff released his second solo album, “2 Dope Mics” in 2016.
Uzi Vert began to feature Takeoff in the artist’s music in 2017, and the two rappers collaborated on