Lil Tay, Teen Social Media Star & Rapper, Dead

Social media star Lil Tay has reportedly died at the age of 14. According to a statement posted to the rapper’s Instagram account on Wednesday, she passed away unexpectedly. “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,” the statement read. A cause of death for the teenager, whose real name is Claire Hope, has yet to be confirmed. “Claire will forever remain in our hearts, her absence leaving an irreplaceable void that will be felt by all who knew and loved her,” the post concluded.