The world mourns the loss of Claire Hope, the Canadian pre-teen rapper famously known as Lil Tay, as her management confirms the heartbreaking news of her passing.
Lil Tay's family delivered the devastating news of her unexpected departure through her Instagram account, which boasted a substantial following of 3.3 million. The family's sorrow is further compounded by the recent loss of her brother.
Lil Tay made waves as a 9-year-old sensation in the realm of internet influencers, captivating audiences with her audacious videos that painted a picture of a lavish hip-hop lifestyle.
Her associations with prominent rappers such as Chief Keef and XXXTentacion, the latter whom she even referred to as a "father figure," contributed to her rising fame.
While her explicit language drew criticism, Lil Tay expressed remorse for her actions and took part in a docuseries titled "Life With Lil Tay."
Lil Tay's sudden absence triggered a legal dispute for custody between her parents, leading to allegations of mistreatment and exploitation that emerged online.
In 2018, her Instagram account fell victim to hacking, with allegations of abuse by her father surfacing. These claims were refuted by her manager and mother.
Later on, Lil Tay voiced her apprehensions about her circumstances, suggesting that her father's newfound involvement was driven by financial motives.