‘Saturday Night Live’ Pays Tribute to Late Rapper Takeoff

Takeoff on SNL from March 2018. (Credit: NBC)

This weekend’s installment of Saturday Night Live included a tribute to late rapper Takeoff, who was killed Tuesday in Houston.

The NBC sketch series displayed a title card on screen after the “Weekend Update” that read: “Kirsnick ‘Takeoff’ Khari Ball. 1994-2022.”

The card included an image of the hip-hop star from a performance on SNL with his Migos bandmates on March 3, 2018.

The Atlanta-based trio, made up of Takeoff, his uncle Quavo and cousin Offset, served as musical guest and performed the singles “Stir Fry” and “Narcos.” Charles Barkley hosted the episode and introduced the group.

Takeoff SNL Tribute (Credit: NBC)
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Takeoff was fatally shot outside the doors of a bowling alley around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 1. He was 28 years old.

The autopsy report from the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences in Houston said the rapper died from “penetrating gunshot wounds of head and torso into arm.” The manner of death was ruled a homicide.

In a news conference the day of the shooting, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said the shooting at 810 Billiards & Bowling stemmed from an argument.

Takeoff was with Quavo at a private party along with about 40 other people when the shooting occurred. Two other people were shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The police chief told reporters he heard from people throughout the day that Takeoff was “a great young man” and “how peaceful he is.”

Finner urged witnesses to the shooting to “step up” and speak with police.