Multiple news outlets reported the death of Lil Tay, stage name of teen social media star Claire Eileen Qi Hope. Those earlier reports were later disputed amid suspicion that Tay and sibling were not in fact dead. UPDATE August 10: It’s confirmed to be a terrible hoax.
After several years of inactivity, a post appeared today on the Lil Tay Instagram:
“It is with a heavy heart that we share the devastating news of our beloved Claire’s sudden and tragic passing. 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.”
Mainstream entertainment outlets were quick to share the annoouncement.
Later in the day, extremely online sleuths and other influencers began to question the reports, which claimed Tay’s brother Jason Tian, had also died, aged 21.
Her brother Jason Tian has historically been in control of the Instagram account, which has been used to level baseless allegations against her father and a bitter custody dispute.
However, when reached for comment, Lil Tay’s father, Christopher Hope, told Insider he could not comment on the Instagram post and declined to answer whether his daughter was still alive.
Let’s hope this is all a terrible hoax posted by someone with access to the accounts!
Image: YouTube / Lil Tay