Rapper and influencer Claire Hope, known as Lil Tay, has died aged 14. The information was released on her account on Instagram, this Wednesday (9) and was confirmed by the Variety portal.
The influencer began to go viral on the networks in 2018, aged 9, by posting videos singing rap, posing in mansions and “driving” luxury cars. One of the most liked videos on her Instagram says “Lil Tay doesn’t have a driver’s license and won’t get one”. Her mother, a luxury realtor, let her record on homes for sale.
The family said her brother Jason Tian, 21, had also died. The circumstances of the boy’s and Lil Tay’s deaths were not revealed.
“We have no words to express this unbearable loss and indescribable grief. This occurrence was totally unexpected and has left us in shock. Your brother’s passing adds to even deeper grief. During this time of immense sadness, we kindly ask for privacy while We have endured this crushing grief as the circumstances of Claire’s and her brother’s deaths are still being investigated,” reads the announcement.
Still in 2018 and with 3.3 million followers on social networks, Lil Tay spent five years without posting on his profile. In her last post, in June of the same year, she mourns the death of rapper XXXTentacion, who she describes as a “father figure”.
During her time off the grid, she was thrown into a custody battle between her parents. In June 2018, the phrase “help me” was posted in Stories.
In an alleged Instagram hack a few months later, a series of abuse allegations against her father, Christopher Hope, were posted on her profile. The allegations claimed that Hope had court-ordered Lil Tay to return to Canada to cash in on her earnings. Lil Tay’s manager at the time, Harry Tsang, stated in an interview with The Daily Beast that the allegations were fabricated.
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