May 19, 2024
Teen Internet Rapper Lil Tay Passes Away

Teen Internet Rapper Lil Tay Passes Away

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Teen Internet Rapper Lil Tay Passes Away: Remembering a Digital Star

Washington: Canadian pre-teen internet rapper known by the name Lil Tè, Cleo Hope, has passed away. Their management confirmed this in a statement given to Variety.

Lil Tè’s family made an announcement on Lil Tè’s Instagram page, which has 3.3 million followers. The family stated, “With heavy hearts, we are sharing the devastating news of the sudden and tragic passing of our beloved Cleo.” “We have no words to express the unimaginable loss and indescribable pain we are feeling. The outcome was entirely unexpected, and it has shaken us all to our core. The loss of their brother deepens our grief even more.

During this time of overwhelming sorrow, we ask for privacy as we mourn this heavy loss, because we are grieving the loss of Cleo and their brother amidst the circumstances surrounding their passing. Cleo will remain in our hearts forever; their absence will leave an irreplaceable void felt by all those who knew and loved them.”

Teen Internet Rapper Lil Tay Passes Away
Rapper Lil Tay Passes Away

Viral Fame and Lavish Lifestyle

Lil Tay, a 9-year-old social media influencer, shot to fame in June 2018, branding herself as the “youngest flexer of the century.” Known for her profanity-laden Instagram videos showcasing an extravagant hip-hop lifestyle, she bragged about purchasing a $200,000 sports car despite not having a driver’s license and confidently claimed, “I run L.A.” She associated with popular rappers like Chief Keef and XXXTentacion, even referring to the latter as a “father figure” in a 2018 Instagram post. However, her use of offensive language, including the N-word, sparked backlash, leading to an apology.

Documentary and Disappearance

Lil Tay starred in a three-episode docuseries titled “Life With Lil Tay” in 2018, chronicling her meteoric rise. But in June 2018, her Instagram went silent, with a cryptic “help me” post on her story.

Allegations and Custody Battle

Months later, Lil Tay’s Instagram was allegedly hacked, revealing accusations against her father, Christopher Hope. The allegations claimed he had brought her back to Canada to exploit her earnings. Her manager, Harry Tsang, dismissed these allegations as false in a 2018 interview with The Daily Beast.

Unveiling the Family Struggle

In a phone interview with The Daily Beast, Lil Tay and her mother, Angela Tian, revealed a complex family situation. Lil Tay mentioned that her father had orchestrated their return to Canada, claiming she was in danger. She expressed skepticism about his motives, suggesting his return was financially motivated.

Ongoing Development

The story of Lil Tay’s tumultuous journey continues to unfold, shedding light on the challenges faced by child influencers and the complexities of fame in the digital age.


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