Lil Tay, a young internet rapper, social media influencer dies at 14

According to a message posted on her verified Instagram account on August 9, Lil Tay, a rapper and social media influencer who rose to fame at the age of 14, has passed away.

TheĀ 9-year-old rapper, whose real name is Claire Hope, rose to fame for her contentious videos that exposed her opulent lifestyle and went viral on social media.

Statement said, “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.”

Hope, who was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and later resided in Vancouver, British Columbia, first gained notoriety in 2018 when videos of her when she was 9 years old went viral. She was seen cursing, showing off her cash and pricey watches. She gained over 3 million followers on Instagram during the brief time of her online career, despite of posting occasionally. Her most recent post, which was published in June 2018, was a tribute to the Florida rapper XXXTentacion, who passed away after being shot close to a motorcycle dealership. According to her post, she regarded him as a “father figure.” She also made friends with Woah Vicky, the contentious creator.

In 2019, Hope and her mother participated in an interview with the Daily Beast, a year after unsettling posts were shared on her Instagram purporting to have “bad news about Tay.” She stated “I’m in a bad situation” with her father in the interview and talked about their custody dispute, moving to Vancouver to live with her father, and being homeschooled.

Her memorial post for XXXTentacion has beenĀ inundated with new comments from users saying, “Rest in peace X and Tay,” ever since the news of her death was made public.