Claire Hope, the Canadian pre-teen internet rapper famously known as Lil Tay, has tragically passed away, as confirmed by her management in a statement.
The devastating news of Claire’s sudden and untimely passing was shared by her family on Lil Tay’s Instagram page, which boasts 3.3 million followers. The family expressed their profound grief, saying, “We are heartbroken to announce the unexpected loss of our beloved Claire. This unimaginable loss has left us in shock and with indescribable pain. The passing of her brother deepens the sorrow. As we navigate this time of immense grief, we respectfully request privacy as we mourn. The circumstances surrounding Claire and her brother’s passing are currently under investigation. Claire will always occupy a special corner within us, her absence leaving an indelible emptiness that resonates with everyone who had the privilege of knowing and cherishing her.”
Lil Tay’s last post on Instagram was in June 2018.
She gained viral fame as a 9-year-old social media influencer. She was renowned as the “youngest flexer of the century,” captivating audiences with her profanity-laden Instagram videos showcasing an opulent hip-hop lifestyle. One video notably showcased her claiming ownership of a $200,000 sports car despite not holding a driver’s license. Standing atop a Beverly Hills vantage point, she boldly proclaimed, “I run L.A.” She was connected with notable rappers such as Chief Keef and XXXTentacion, even going so far as to describe the latter as a “father figure” in an Instagram post from 2018. She faced criticism for her use of offensive language and later issued apologies to those she had inadvertently offended. In 2018, she starred in a three-episode documentary series chronicling her rise to stardom titled “Life With Lil Tay.”
Following her abrupt internet hiatus five years ago, She found herself embroiled in a custody dispute between her parents. During this period, troubling allegations emerged online concerning her family circumstances and well-being. In June 2018, her Instagram account was purged, and a “help me” message appeared on her story.
After a span of several months, there were claims that Lil Tay’s Instagram account had been hacked, resulting in the publication of accusations of mistreatment against her father, Christopher Hope. These allegations asserted that Hope had compelled Lil Tay’s relocation to Canada with the motive of capitalizing on her earnings. In a 2018 interview with The Daily Beast, her manager at the time, Harry Tsang, dismissed these claims as false.
In a joint interview with her mother, Angela Tian, Lil Tay shared, “I’m currently in a difficult situation, and I prefer not to discuss these matters.” She elaborated on her father’s actions, stating, “He threatened to have my mom arrested if we didn’t comply… I hadn’t seen him for years. His sudden reappearance seemed solely driven by a desire for money.”
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