Former social media influencer and rapper Lil Tay passed away at the age of 14.

According to a statement released on her official Instagram page, both Tay, whose real name is Claire Hope, and her brother, Jason Tian, have died.

While their cause of death has not been released, the statement says an investigation has been launched. 

Read the full statement below.

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.

See the original post below.

Prior to the news of her passing, Lil Tay appeared to be inactive on Instagram since 2018.

Her last post was a tribute to XXXtentacion.

She wrote:

X you truly changed me ❤️ you were there for me when everyone wanted me to fail, you were there to give me advice, you were there.

As a father figure, when I don’t have one, you were here, FaceTiming me and calling me for hours when I’m down, 3 hours ago you announced the Charity event we were going to throw, we had everything setup, I can’t believe this, the evil in the world, This isn’t good Bye

I Love you Bro ❤️💔😔😢❤️

See Lil Tay’s post below.


In 2018, a then-9-year-old Tay rose to fame online as the self-described “youngest flexer of the century.”

Her YouTube account has about 220,000 subscribers with only two videos remaining on the account now, which are from five years ago. Both videos racked up over a million views.

Her Instagram account is filled with content that shows off her wealth.

In one video, she brags that her toilet and bathtub are worth more than a regular person’s rent.

Social media is reacting to the news of Lil Tay and her brother’s untimely passing. 

Many didn’t hesitate to make their suspicions about the circumstances known.

Read a few reactions below.

My sincerest thoughts and prayers.