Inside Lil Tay’s bitter custody battle with parents before sudden death aged 14

Canadian influencer and rapper Lil Tay died unexpectedly aged 14 according to a statement shared to her social accounts.

Lil Tay, whose real name was Claire Hope, rose to fame on Instagram in 2018, when she was said to be just nine years old.

The statement also confirmed the death of Tay’s brother, with no cause of death released.

Her family asked for privacy as the investigation of her death and her brother’s death is still ongoing.

After disappearing from the internet five years ago, Lil Tay was launched into a custody battle between her parents Christopher Hope and her mother Angela Tian.

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The rapper told Daily Beast at the time: “Right now I’m in a bad situation and I don’t want to talk about these things.

“My dad has filed something to the court and the court ordered us to go back here, and he said that I was in danger and stuff.”

Speaking specifically of her dad at the time, she claimed: “He was threatening to arrest — to have my mom arrested if we didn’t go back… I didn’t see him for multiple years.

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“He never saw me for so long, it’s obvious he just came back because he wants money.”

TMZ reported the parents were clashing over the way Lil Tay showed herself in the media with her mother happy with her doing what she wanted.

However, her father, Hope, preferred the “more traditional career path of acting and singing”.

Lil Tay rose to fame in 2018, when she boasted about her wealth and frequently used expletives at a young age.

The rapper’s death was confirmed in a short Instagram statement reading: “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.”

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