the Canadian internet rapper recognized as Lil Tay
Claire Hope, the Canadian internet rapper recognized as Lil Tay, has passed away, a fact substantiated by her management through an official statement given to Variety. The heartbreaking news of Claire’s sudden and tragic death was shared by her family on Lil Tay’s Instagram page, where he has a following of 3.3 million users.
“We are deeply saddened to announce the unexpected and devastating loss of our beloved Claire,” her family said with heavy hearts. The shock of this unexpected turn of events has left us speechless, and the pain we are feeling is beyond description. The loss of his brother deepens our grief, adding an unimaginable layer of sadness. At this deeply difficult time, we respectfully request privacy as we navigate this overwhelming loss.
The details regarding the passing of both Claire and her brother are presently under investigation. Claire’s memory will forever be in our hearts, and her absence has left an irreparable void that touches all who loved her.”Lil Tay’s most recent post on Instagram was in June 2018. Self-proclaimed as “the youngest flexer of the century”, he became known for his profanity-filled Instagram videos showcasing a luxurious hip-hop lifestyle. In a memorable video, he proudly showed off a $200,000 sports car despite not having a driver’s license.
On another occasion, atop a well-appointed Beverly Hills property, he boldly announced, “I’m running L.A.” Lil Tay has been associated with prominent rappers such as Chief Keef and XXXTentacion, referring to the latter as a “father figure” in a 2018 Instagram post. He faced criticism for his use of offensive language, later apologizing to those he had offended. In 2018, he starred in a three-part documentary series titled “Life with Lil Tay”, which chronicled his journey to fame.
After his disappearance from the online scene five years ago, Lil Tae became embroiled in a custody dispute between his parents. During this period, allegations regarding his family situation and safety surfaced online. In June 2018, Lil Tay’s Instagram presence was cleaned up, and a poignant plea, “Help Me,” was shared on his story.
Several months afterward, in the midst of a purported Instagram breach, a sequence of allegations of mistreatment against her father, Christopher Hope, emerged on Lil Tay’s profile. The allegations assert that Hope forced Lil Tae to return to Canada by court order with the intent of capitalizing on his earnings. During that period, Lil Tay’s manager, Harry Tsang, refuted these assertions in a 2018 interview with The Daily Beast.
In a joint phone conversation with The Daily Beast and his mother, Angela Tian, Lil Tay commented, “I am currently facing challenging situations and prefer not to discuss these matters.” She also explained that her father took legal action, which led to their return to Canada, citing concerns for their safety. Regarding her father’s motives, she commented, “He threatened to arrest my mother if we didn’t comply… I haven’t seen him in years. It’s clear he’s only back for financial gain.” This narrative continues to unfold, with more details forthcoming.