Who is Lil Tay, the 14-year-old social media star who was victim of death hoax (2024)

Lil Tay, teen rapper and internet sensation, was thought to have died at the age of 14.

Her family announced the shocking news via Instagram on Aug. 9, 2023, but did not disclose any details about how she and her older brother, Jason, passed away.

Fans were astonished to hear about the teen’s death, as she hadn’t posted anything on social media since 2018 — around the time she was court-ordered tolive with her father, who she claimed was abusive and controlling.

However, it was revealed one day later that Tay’s Instagram page was compromised and she and her brother were actually still alive.

Find out more about the social media star and the mysterious circ*mstances that led people to believe she had died.

Who is Lil Tay?


Before Tay — born Tay Tian — became a well-known figure, she was just a young girl who loved to dance.

She took ballet classes from the young age of 4 and participated in Royal Ballet Academy competitions, according to the Cut.

Tay also studied Chinese, singing and piano and took skating, swimming and art lessons.

How did Lil Tay become famous?


Tay rose to fame at the age of nine from doing skits on Instagram where she would talk trash and throw stacks of cash while showing off her luxurious life.

In one of her Instagram videos from March 2018, the then-9-year-old sent a message to her “broke ass haters” while holding a fan of 100 dollar bills and sitting in a red sports car.

“This s–t cost me $200,000,” she said in the clip as she got into the exotic car. “I’m only 9 years old. I ain’t got no license but I still drive this sports car, bitch.

“Your favorite rapper ain’t even doing it like Lil Tay.”


In her final Instagram post before the fake death announcement was posted, Tay mourned the death of rapper XXXTentacion, who was shot and killed in June 2018.

“X you truly changed me ❤️,” she captioned the post of a screenshot of her on FaceTime with the “Hope” emcee. “you were there for me when everyone wanted me to fail, you were there to give me advice, you were there.”

Tay also referred to XXXTentacion as a “father figure” who would FaceTime and call her “for hours when I’m down.”

“I can’t believe this, the evil in the world, This isn’t good Bye I Love you Bro ❤️💔😔😢❤️,” she concluded.

Tay’s Instagram account has amassed more than three million followers, while her YouTube account has garnered more than 220,000 subscribers.

Who are Lil Tay’s parents?


Tay was born to dad Christopher John Hope and mom Angela Tian.

When the young girl started gaining notoriety, she was living with her mom, a Vancouver real estate agent. However, Tay’s profanity-laden videos later cost Tian her job after it was revealed that she was involved in helping her daughter create the viral skits.

“As of last week Angela is no longer attached with our firm,” Jim Lew, director of business developmentforPacific Place Group, confirmed tothe Vergein an email in 2018.

“Our firm does not condone this type of behavior and has no place for this in our business.”

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In June 2018, Tay was court-ordered to live with her father, who worked as a lawyer, in Vancouver.

“When my daughter’s social media began to go viral this year, I disagreed with most of the social media activity. I took legal steps to stop things which I felt were dangerous to her physical and mental health and to her future,” Christopher told Hollywood Life in October 2018.


“I do not think a 10-year-old girl should be put in those situations and made to drop out of school so that she can make money for other people.”

Christopher, who was allegedly an absentee father, reportedly banned Tay from social media while she was living with him, which is why there hadn’t been any activity on her Instagram since 2018.

However, the attorney told HollywoodLife at the time that his daughter would be returning to the spotlight under a rebranded image that he approved.

Who is Lil Tay’s brother?


Tay has one sibling, an older half-brother named Jason Tian.

Before his sister became famous, Jason reportedly tried to make it as a rapper under the stage name Rycie, per the US Sun.

When his rap career didn’t take off, he helped Tay develop her internet persona — even writing what she was going to say in her videos.

In May 2018, a video emerged on Twitter of Jason coaching his sister, telling her to be “more ignorant” when speaking in her videos.

After fans caught wind of the family’s scheme, Tay’s YouTube and Instagram accounts were both scrubbed.

In 2021, Jason created a GoFundMe account in order to raise $19,000 to allegedly “save Tay from a life of abuse.”


On the site, he shared images of Tay’s bruised face, alleging that her dad, Christopher, and his wife, Hanee Hope, had “physically and mentally abused her.”

Jason claimed that Christopher was trying to “permanently gain control” of Tay’s career and gain full custody of her.

“My sister Tay has been silent on social media for the past 3 years because her absentee father (Chris Hope) served my mother a court order demanding control over Tay’s money, career, and custody, and as a result it was court ordered that my sister had to return to Vancouver, Canada,” he alleged.

Jason also claimed that Christopher had “requested a court order to prevent” Tay from “speaking out about the truth.”

Jason alleged that Tay’s dad had “stolen millions of dollars” from his sister and had “spent millions” on himself and his wife on a “new mansion, speed boat, nice cars, trips to spas, salons, fancy restaurants, trips to Egypt, Dubai, Mexico, Philippines, Hawaii, the UK, Paris, designer clothing and jewelry/watches.”

Did Lil Tay die?


On Aug. 9, 2023, an announcement on Tay’s official Instagram account that she and her brother, Jason, had sadly passed away.

“We have no words to express the unbearable loss and indescribably pain. This outcome was entirely unexpected, and has left us all in shock,” the statement read.

“Her bother’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 circ*mstances surrounding Claire and her brother’s passing are still under investigation.”

The statement concluded, “Claire will forever remain in our hearts, her absence leaving an irreplaceable void that will be felt by all who knew and loved her.”

While fans were initially shocked by the news, they quickly became skeptical when the social media star’s former manager expressed his uncertainty about the siblings’ passing and their father refused to confirm or deny the news.

One day after the statement was posted on her Instagram page, Tay confirmed to TMZ the both she and her brother are alive and had fallen victim of a social media death hoax.

“My Instagram account was compromised by a third party and used to spread jarring misinformation and rumors regarding me, to the point that even my name was wrong,” she told the outlet.

Who is Lil Tay, the 14-year-old social media star who was victim of death hoax (2024)


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