UPDATE: Lil Tay is alive. She spoke out and blamed hackers for reports of her death.
“I want to make it clear that my brother and I are safe and alive, but I’m completely heartbroken, and struggling to even find the right words to say. It’s been a very traumatizing 24 hours,” she told TMZ. “All day yesterday, I was bombarded with endless heartbreaking and tearful phone calls from loved ones all while trying to sort out this mess.”
Lil Tay’s Instagram account announced her death on Wednesday (August 9). Several outlets also obtained alleged statements from her camp, which also revealed the supposed death of her brother.
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. 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.”
Of course, the condolences are pouring in from her 3.3 million Instagram followers, including jeweler Ben Baller who wrote, “Damn this is so sad. RIP to her brother Jason too.”
Lil Tay was only 9 years old when she caught the internet’s attention as a social media influencer. The self-proclaimed “youngest flexer of the century” was known for her Instagram videos depicting an extravagant rapper lifestyle. In one video, she claimed she bought a $200,000 sports car despite being unable to drive. She was also associated with Chief Keef and the late XXXTENTACION, who she referred to as a “father figure.”
But following a 2018 post in which she used the “N-word,” sh essentially disappeared from social media altogether. She closed the year by starring in a three-episode docuseries about her rise to fame titled “Life With Lil Tay”—and hasn’t been online since.