Lil Tay, a 14-year-old rapper and social media influencer, has reportedly died, sending shockwaves across the internet.
The teen’s death has become shrouded in mystery, with no cause of death revealed and little information shared besides a statement on the teen’s Instagram page.
Here’s everything we know about the reported deaths of Lil Tay and her brother Jason Tian.
1. Who is Lil Tay?
She rose to social media fame in March 2018 at just 9 years old. She became famous for her staged fights and videos of throwing cash around and jumping in and out of exotic sports cars.
She vanished from social media after quickly becoming an internet sensation.
In the same year, she claimed in an interview with the Daily Beast that she and her mother, Angela Tian, were forced to return to Vancouver from Los Angeles due to a “court order.”
“He was threatening to arrest — to have my mum arrested if we didn’t go back,” Lil Tay told the outlet at the time.
“I hadn’t seen him in many years. It’s obvious he just came back for the money.”
However, her father’s spokesperson, Christopher Hope, denied the allegations.
“There are only three things he wants to see,” said the rep, Charles Wong. “First and foremost, no more bizarre cursing videos from Tay.”
Second, a trust fund dedicated to Tay will receive 25% of gross earnings. The third requirement is the structure of her operation and public image.”
2. What’s the Story?
Lil Tay’s family spoke of their “unbearable loss” in the statement, revealing that her brother had died.
However, the rapper’s father, Christopher Hope, told the news website Insider that he could not confirm whether the social media star had died.
He told the publication he couldn’t comment on the Instagram post and declined to say whether his daughter, Claire Hope, was alive.
Lil Tay, whose real name was Claire Hope, died on August 9th, according to a statement posted on her official Instagram account by an unknown person.
Her older brother, Jason Tian, 21, also died, but the causes of both deaths are currently unknown.
The reported deaths have become mysterious after Lil Tay’s former manager, Harry Tsang, questioned the “legitimacy of the statement issued by the family.”
Former manager Harry Tsang told Insider that the situation required “careful consideration” and that he could not confirm or deny the news.
According to the website, the Los Angeles Police Department, the county medical examiner, and the Vancouver Police Department had no information on an investigation into anyone by her name’s death.
3. A Play By Play of Lil Tay
Lil Tay’s allegedly hacked Instagram account later posted allegations of abuse against her father and his second wife. Her father, once again, denied the allegations.
“I am heartbroken about what has happened, not only to her but also to my other family members, due to past events and now, due to lies and harassment posted on Instagram,” he told Hollywood Life in October 2018.
Her YouTube channel’s bio reads “help me” and contains videos from five years ago.
The teen with 3.4 million followers on Instagram rose to prominence by bragging about her wealth and posing in expensive cars.
She was only nine when she appeared in videos as the “youngest flexer of the century” – a flexer likes to brag.
Lil Tay, who lived with her family in Vancouver, Canada, would also curse and refer to her detractors as “broke-a** haters.”
4. What Did The Statements Say?
Her death was described as “sudden” and “completely unexpected” in a statement posted on her official account, and it came after the death of her brother Jason Tian, 21, who reportedly assisted in the production of her videos.
The statement did not say how the siblings died, only that their deaths were “under investigation.”
“It is with a heavy heart that we share the heartbreaking news of our beloved Claire’s sudden and tragic passing,” it said.
“No words describe our unbearable loss and indescribable pain.” “This result was completely unexpected and has left us all stunned.”
Her brother’s death adds an unimaginable depth to our grief.
5. Who Influenced Lil Tay’s Videos
In an interview with Good Morning America on ABC News in 2018, Lil Tay denied claims that her family influenced her to make the videos.
She claimed she was having fun doing what she was doing. Angela Tian, a Vancouver estate agent, reportedly said she never expected her daughter and son to receive such widespread attention.
Ms. Tian defended the videos, claiming they were humorous but that many people did not understand them.
There had not been a post on Lil Tay’s Instagram account since 2018, before the announcement of her death.
According to Variety, she was at the center of a custody battle between her parents.
6. So Many Questions’ About Her ‘Death’
After an anonymous statement was posted to Lil Tay’s Instagram account, her alleged ex-manager questioned the validity of her death announcement.
“One thing I would question is who posted that statement and why no one from the family signed it,” the unnamed source told the US Sun today.
“Why isn’t it signed, ‘This is Tay’s mother,’ or Lil Tay’s father,’ or from an official representative?” “How come there’s no attachment?”
The alleged former manager claimed the lack of attribution was suspicious because the statement also announced the death of the influencer’s brother, Jason.
“I should be crying right now… “But I just have so many questions,” the individual continued.
7. What Did The Insiders Say?
Another of Lil Tay’s alleged former reps, who claimed to still be in contact with insiders close to the rapper’s family, said he couldn’t confirm the statement’s veracity.
“I’ve been in communication with individuals who have an intimate understanding of the family’s situation,” Harry Tsang told the US Sun.
“Given the complexities of the current circumstances, I cannot definitively confirm or deny the legitimacy of the family’s statement.”
Tsang said the situation demanded “careful consideration” and “accuracy.” “I encourage everyone to seek information from reputable and official sources.”
“We must be patient and wait for further developments before reaching any conclusions,” he said.
Top 7 Important Facts to Know…
Lil Tay’s “death” was supposedly linked to a jet ski accident on Skaha Lake in Canada on Friday, August 4th.
Many fans of Lil Tay, a social media star, believed this rumor until later finding out it was false.
An account purporting to be Jason claimed that they were both alive and that their parents, who had access to the report, were spreading false information about them.
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