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Who was Lil Tay and what was her cause of death?

Teen rapper and influencer Lil Tay born Claire Hope has reportedly passed away at the age of 14, her family confirmed online.

Rapper Lil Tay’s Instagram account has been relatively inactive for a couple of years, but sputtered back into action in April 2021 with the words, “We have bad news about Tay…”

But after a statement posted on the child rapper’s social media on Wednesday (August 9), the worst that fans could have feared has apparently transpired.

So  who is Lil Tay? what happened to Lil Tay? , is Lil Tay dead, how did Lil Tay die?, and What was Lil Tay cause of death? Here is everything we know so far.

Lil Tay

Who was Lil Tay?

Lil Tay — born Claire Hope — is a Canadian YouTuber, rapper and internet personality, who first shot to fame in 2018 when she was just nine years old.

Her videos often included displays of extreme wealth, such as stacks of cash, expensive jewelry and luxury vehicles.

The self-proclaimed “youngest flexer of the century” debuted her first single in early 2018, a trap-influenced track that featured lyrics like: “I keep a chopper on me, f*** that b**** up all my diamonds on freeze”.

She quickly became known for her foul mouth while bragging about her wealth (she once gleefully told viewers how her toilet was worth more than most people’s rent), flashing wads of cash, and “flexing” in sports cars.

She quickly gained fame both online and within the hip-hop community, and even found herself getting a mention in Eminem’s 2018 song, ‘Killshot’.

While calling herself the “youngest flexer of the century”, there were concerns at the time about her age and if she was allowed to be on the platforms, with 13 years old the minimum age on most.

Lil Tay’s age is often been subject to speculation, but in early 2018 she said she was 9 years old, placing her at 14 years old at the time of her death.

She also engaged in a public feud with Danielle Bregholi, a.k.a Bhad Bhabie, also known as the ‘cash me outside’ girl of Dr. Phil fame, further promoting her profile.

Lil Tay

Lil Tay death

On August 9, 2023, Hope’s Instagram account was updated with a post announcing that she had died.

“It is with a heavy heart that we share the devastating news of our beloved Claire’s sudden and tragic passing,” the statement shared to Hope’s 3.3 million followers said. “We have no words to express the unbearable loss and indescribable pain. This outcome was entirely unexpected, and has left us all in shock.”

The post also indicated that Lil Tay brother, Jason Tian, had also died, aged 21. Both of their deaths were reported in the post to be “unexpected” and under investigation.

The Instagram continued, “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,” the post said.

Lil Tay death



Lil Tay death cause of death

At this time, details on Lil Tay’s death have not been released, but the post stated that it is under investigation.

Hopefully, this article was able to provide you with all the necessary information about Lil Tay death.

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