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Lil Tay, rapper and social media star, dies at 14

(Qnnflash) – Lil Tay, the 14-year-old rapper and social media influencer, has passed away, as announced in a message shared on her verified Instagram account on Wednesday.

Born Claire Hope, Lil Tay gained nationwide recognition at the age of 9 for her controversial videos that showcased a lavish lifestyle, quickly going viral on various social media platforms.

“We are heartbroken to share the devastating news of our dear Claire’s sudden and tragic departure. Words fail to express the overwhelming loss and pain we feel,” the statement conveyed. “This unforeseen outcome has left us in disbelief.”

The statement also revealed the passing of Lil Tay’s brother, Jason Tian, and stated that their deaths are currently under investigation. While the location and date of their passing remain unclear, Lil Tay, a Canadian native, relocated to Los Angeles in 2018 to explore opportunities in the entertainment sector.

“Our sorrow deepens with the loss of her brother,” the statement continued. “During this period of profound mourning, we request privacy to grieve the significant loss we are experiencing. The circumstances surrounding Claire and her brother’s passing are being investigated. Claire’s memory will forever linger in our hearts, her absence leaving an irreplaceable void that will be felt by all who cherished her.”

Lil Tay’s final Instagram post, dated June 18, 2018, showcased a screenshot of her Facetiming with the late rapper XXXTentacion (Jahseh Onfroy), who was shot and killed in Broward County, Florida on the same day. She paid tribute to him and expressed her deep feelings in the post.

Lil Tay’s profanity-laden social media content, alongside her imitation of elements from so-called gangster rap culture, sparked controversies and raised concerns about the exploitation of children on social platforms.

In a 2018 interview with Nightline, Lil Tay spoke about her social media fame and her claim of being the “youngest flexer” on the internet. During the interview, her mother Angela Tian and brother Jason defended Lil Tay’s videos.

While facing criticisms, Lil Tay affirmed her autonomy, stating, “No one’s forcing me to do this,” and emphasized her ownership of her Instagram account.

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