According to her family’s Instagram post, rapper Lil Tay died on August 9. The cause of her death has not yet been revealed. However, her relatives stated that the “outcome was unexpected and has left us all in shock.” Her brother perished, according to the Instagram post. Claire Hope, the Canadian pre-teen internet rapper Lil Tay, has died, her management confirmed in a statement.
“It is with a heavy heart that we share the devastating news of our beloved Claire’s sudden and tragic passing,” Hope’s family announced on Lil Tay’s Instagram page, which has 3.3 million followers. “We have no words to express the unbearable loss and indescribable pain. This outcome was entirely unexpected and has left us all in shock.”
“Her brother’s passing adds an even more unimaginable depth to our grief. During this time of immense sorrow, we kindly ask for privacy as we grieve this overwhelming loss, as the circumstances surrounding Claire and her brother’s passing are still under investigation. Claire will forever remain in our hearts, her absence leaving an irreplaceable void that will be felt by all who knew and loved her.”
Lil Tay’s last Instagram post was in June 2018. As a 9-year-old social media influencer, Lil Tay became viral. She rose to prominence as the self-proclaimed “youngest flexer of the century,” thanks to her expletive-filled Instagram videos showing a wealthy hip-hop lifestyle.
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She boasted in one video about buying a $200,000 sports automobile despite not having a driver’s license. In another video, shot from a vantage point in Beverly Hills, she declares, “I run L.A.” Lil Tay was linked to renowned rappers such as Chief Keef and XXXTentacion, whom she referred to as a “father figure” in an Instagram post in 2018.
She was chastised for using the N-word and apologized to people she had “offended.” In 2018, she appeared in a three-part docuseries about her ascent to prominence titled “Life With Lil Tay.” Lil Tay vanished from the internet five years ago, sparking a custody fight between her parents, while alarming rumours about her family circumstances and safety surfaced online.
Lil Tay’s Instagram was wiped clean in June 2018, and the words “help me” were put on her story. A few months later, a series of abuse charges against her father, Christopher Hope, was posted to Lil Tay’s Instagram in an alleged Instagram hack.
According to the allegations, Hope had court-ordered Lil Tay’s return to Canada to profit from her earnings. In a 2018 interview with The Daily Beast, Lil Tay’s manager at the time, Harry Tsang, said the charges were manufactured.
Lil Tay told The Daily Beast over the phone, “Right now I’m in a bad situation and I don’t want to talk about these things,” adding that her father had “filed something to the court and the court ordered us to come back here, and he said that I was in danger and stuff.”
Since her death was announced, her memorial post for XXXTentacion has been flooded with new user comments saying, “Rest in peace, X and Tay.”