Social Media Influencer & Rapper Lil Tay Dead at 14
Social media influencer and rapper Lil Tay has died at the age of 14 along with her brother, as confirmed by Tay’s family members.
The news of her ‘sudden and tragic’ passing was confirmed by a family member who took to social media to share a statement on the teen’s Instagram account.
The statement read,
“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.”
The message continued,
“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 controversial social media influencer rose to fame in 2018 at the age of 9. Her videos showed her flaunting her wealth, cursing, insulting people and even starting fights.
Her behavior received so much backlash she once sat down with Good Morning America to discuss how her facade is “all for entertainment” and she’s “really a great, well-behaved kid,” according to her mother.
Lil Tay said about her behavior,
People think it’s funny, I guess, ‘cause I’m nine years old and I’ve accomplished so much. I’m the youngest flexer. I can do anything I like. If they don’t believe me, I don’t care.
She also insisted that her mother isn’t trying to make money off of her.
No one’s forcing me to do this. It’s not true that [her mother] wants to make money off me … This is my decision. I’m happy with what I’m doing.
Despite the controversial content, Lil Tay quickly racked up more than 3 million followers on Instagram alone and had been named one of the internet’s biggest rising stars.
Oddly enough, Lil Tay has been has been noticeably absent from social media in the past five years with her last post on the platform being in honor of rapper XXXTentacion following his death in 2018.
Her fans took to her comments to share their condolences.
One fan wrote,
“Wow this was very random and sad.”
Another person said,
“Rip to the youngest flexer.”
Some fans even accused Lil Tay’s parents of having something to do with her death.
One fan said,
“Parents needa be in jail.”
Another fan wrote,
“No way her parents ain’t do sum to her n her brother…terrible.”
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lil Tay’s family during this difficult time.
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