Did Lil Tay + Jason Tian Just Die Suddenly?!

Did Lil Tay and her older brother, Jason Tian, just die suddenly?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!


Claim : Lil Tay + Jason Tian Just Died Suddenly!

Some websites and YouTube channels have recently claimed that social media influencer and rapper Lil Tay, and her older brother, Jason Tian, just died suddenly under mysterious / unknown circumstances.

Outlook India : 14-Year-Old Rapper Lil Tay Dies Along With Elder Brother Jason Tian

FreshersLive : Jason Tian Obituary, Who Was Lil Tay’s Brother Jason Tian? What Happened to Jason Tian? How Did Jason Tian Die?

News.com.au : Teen rapper Lil Tay and her brother both dead

Celebritysss : Lil Tay and Her Brother Jason Tian Are Survived By Their Parents After Their Deaths | Lil Tay

Some people have also gone full frenzy about the sudden death of Lil Tay and Jason Tian on social media:


Online influencer and rapper Lil Tay has passed away at the age of 14, five years after she rose to online fame.

The news of her ‘sudden and tragic’ demise was confirmed by an unnamed family member in a statement shared on Lil Tay’s Instagram account today.

The statement also revealed that her 21-year-old brother, Jason Tian, had also passed away.

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Truth : Lil Tay + Jason Tian Did NOT Die Suddenly!

This is yet another example of celebrity FAKE NEWS circulating on social media, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Lil Tay Death Claim Based On Single Instagram Post

All these claims that Lil Tay and her older brother, Jason Tian, died suddenly are based on a single post on her Instagram account, which was shared on Wednesday, August 9, 2023:

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.

It did not help that when news agencies tried to confirm her death, her father – Christopher “Chris” Hope refused to confirm either way:

Yeah, you have the right person, but I don’t have any comment right now. I’m not able to give you any comment right now. I’m sorry — I can’t.

But the Los Angeles Police Department stated that it had no record of Claire Hope or Jason Tian dying in LA (where they live):

We have no information on either of these two individuals Claire Hope or Jason Tian being killed or dying in Los Angeles.

If the LA county medical examiners has nothing on either of them either, that would lead me to believe they are not, in fact, dead, or that it did not occur in LA.

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Fact #2 : Lil Tay + Jason Tian Are Still Alive!

On Thursday, August 10, 2023, Lil Tay issued a statement to say that she is still alive – a day after the death announcement on her Instagram account went viral.

I want to make it clear that my brother and I are safe and alive, but I’m completely heartbroken, and struggling to even find the right words to say.

It’s been a very traumatizing 24 hours. All day yesterday, I was bombarded with endless heartbreaking and tearful phone calls from loved ones all while trying to sort out this mess.

Fact #3 : Lil Tay’s Instagram Account Was Hacked!

Lil Tay explained that her Instagram account was “compromised by a third party” and used to “spread jarring misinformation and rumors” about her. She thanked Meta for letting her gain access to her Instagram account again.

She did not explain why it took her more than 24 hours to confirm that she was still alive and well. But a Meta spokesperson confirmed that they helped her recover her Instagram account.

Fact #4 : Lil Tay No Longer Goes By Claire Hope

Lil Tay was born as Claire Hope to Angela Tian and Christopher J. Hope on July 29, 2007. She was also known as Claire Eileen Qi Hope.

However, Lil Tay revealed that she no longer goes by her birth name – Claire Hope, which was what the fake death announcement used.

Instead, Lil Tay appears to have dropped the surname of her estranged father, and now goes by the legal name, Tay Tian.

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Fact #5 : Lil Tay Is Accused Of Orchestrating Death Hoax

Lil Tay’s former manager – Harry Tsang, who was her last known public representative at the height of her fame in 2018, cast doubts over her statements.

Harry Tsang accused Lil Tay of lying about her Instagram account being hacked, and alleged that she orchestrated the fake statement about her death.

Upon learning about Lil Tay’s assertion of her well-being, I find relief in the fact that she is safe. However, I believe the reported hacking incident may not have occurred.

He pointed out two points of doubt over the validity of Lil Tay’s claims of being hacked:

My rationale for this perspective is twofold: firstly, the restoration of a compromised account on platforms like Meta/Instagram typically does not necessitate a 24-hour timeframe.

Secondly, the actions of Lil Tay’s brother, renowned for his propensity for extreme measures, lead me to hypothesize an alternative motive behind this occurrence.

Harry Tsang then suggested that Lil Tay and/or Jason Tian might have orchestrated this death hoax to rekindle her fame:

Simultaneously, if the underlying motive is indeed to rekindle Lil Tay’s prominence within the public sphere, I contend that such actions demonstrate a certain degree of irresponsibility.

It’s essential to consider the potential repercussions of employing such tactics, particularly given their potential impact on the perceptions and sentiments of the broader audience.

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Fact #6 : This Is Just Fake Celebrity News

This is yet another example of fake celebrity news created to generate page views and money through advertising, just like these examples:

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