Lil Tay declared ‘dead’ but her dad won’t confirm: ‘Sorry — I can’t’

Editor’s note: Lil Tay revealed Aug. 10 that her Instagram account was compromised and both she and her brother are alive.

The father of young influencer Lil Tay — whose death at age 14 was announced Wednesday on her official Instagram account — refused to confirm her passing when contacted by The Post.

When reached at his Vancouver law office, the person answering the phone said that he was her dad, Chris Hope, but would not corroborate his daughter’s passing.

“Yeah, you have the right person, but I don’t have any comment right now,” Hope told The Post in the brief, 2-minute call Wednesday.

“I’m not able to give you any comment right now. I’m sorry — I can’t.”

When asked whether someone else could confirm his daughter’s death, he cryptically responded, “Um, no, not that that I’m aware of.

“Sorry, I can’t really comment or give you any help — I’m just going to let you go,” he added before hanging up.

Her cause of death has not been publicly revealed.
Tay’s cause of death was not revealed, and her father would not confirm her passing.
liltay/Instagram

When contacted by The Post, a spokesperson for the Vancouver Police Department said: “We haven’t gotten any reports of either death here,” referencing both Tay and her brother, who also allegedly died, according to the Instagram announcement.

“As of now, we are not aware and are not investigating.”

The Post’s attempt to reach Tay’s mother, Angela, at a work number was unsuccessful, and The Post also reached out to the Coroners Service of British Columbia for comment.

Suspicions that late influencer Lil Tay suffered abuse at the hands of her family — including her father — are surfacing in the wake of her death.

An Instagram post revealed the young influencer
An Instagram post revealed the young influencer’s apparent passing.

In addition, new statements from her former manager question whether the teen sensation is actually dead.

Since the Instagram announcement was posted, Henry Tsang, an ex-manager of the 14-year-old social media star — born Claire Eileen Qi Hope, from Vancouver, Canada — released a statement casting slight doubt on her apparent passing.

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“I have been in communication with individuals who have an intimate understanding of the family’s situation,” Tsang said to The Daily Beast.

“Given the complexities of the current circumstances, I am at a point where I cannot definitively confirm or dismiss the legitimacy of the statement issued by the family.”

An anonymous person who claimed they also were a former manager of Tay additionally wondered why the statement about her death was not co-signed by anyone from her family.

“One thing I would question is who posted that statement and why isn’t it signed by anyone from the family,” the insider, who apparently was not in touch with the influencer for a few years, told the Sun.

“Why is it not signed, ‘This is Tay’s mom,’ or ‘This is the dad of Lil Tay,’ or from an official representative? Why is there no attachment?” the supposed ex-manager asked.

“To me, that is a very telltale sign. It doesn’t make sense. Even when you have passings, there’s a group of people that come together to make the statement, usually the family, and we don’t see that here,” they added to the Sun, saying that they “just have so many questions.”

Lil Tay, born Claire Eileen Qi Hope, died at age 14, according to a social media post.
Lil Tay, born Claire Eileen Qi Hope, died at age 14, according to a social media post.
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“I send my condolences and I’m shocked by the news. But I’m curious as to who the statement has been released by and [why it hasn’t been signed by anyone.],” they said.

Representatives for Lil Tay did not immediately respond to The Post for comment.

Allegations that the girl was “physically and mentally” abused by her “absentee” father have also resurfaced.

The accusations were leveled against Hope in an April 2021 GoFundMe profile organized by the teen’s older brother, Jason Tian.

“Why is it not signed, ‘This is Tay’s mom’, or ‘This is the dad of Lil Tay’, or from an official representative? Why is there no attachment?” a purported former manager told The Sun regarding the death announcement.
“Why is it not signed, ‘This is Tay’s mom,’ or ‘This is the dad of Lil Tay,’ or from an official representative? Why is there no attachment?” a purported former manager told The Sun.
liltay/Instagram

Per the Instagram post announcing Lil Tay’s death, her brother has died, too — though it is unclear whether the deceased sibling is Tian.

“Chris Hope had a dysfunctional home and would bring many types of Asian women home,” wrote Tian on the crowd-sourcing site.

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“They were strictly sexual partners, they got naked and slept in the same bed with Tay, they engaged in intercourse while Tay was right beside them.”

He also claimed that Hope had been granted “50/50” custody of Tay when she was 5.

Allegations have arisen that the girl was “physically and mentally” abused by her “absentee” father, Chris Hope.
Allegations have arisen that the girl was “physically and mentally” abused by her “absentee” father, Chris Hope.
liltay/Instagram

Her mother, Angela, moved to Los Angeles, where the girl periodically visited before eventually relocating there in 2017 after making a social media splash at age 9.

On GoFundMe, Tian additionally alleged that Hope neglected Tay, having reportedly served the then-elementary schooler moldy, maggot-infested meals and forced her to wear worn togs.

He then claimed that Hope’s wife, Hanee, physically tormented the girl by “hitting and locking her in the dark closet,” with her father’s permission.

Tian alleged that Hanee also once broke Tay’s toe by intentionally slamming her foot into a door.

Accusations were leveled against her father, Chris Hope, in an April 2021 GoFundMe profile organized by the teen’s older brother, Jason Tian.
Accusations were leveled against her father, Chris Hope, in an April 2021 GoFundMe profile organized by the teen’s older brother, Jason Tian.
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He further claimed that the abuse wasn’t just physical.

“They also started to refer to Tay as a ch-k, b—h and motherf—er,” wrote Tian.

“Tay remembers them speaking and fantasizing about killing my mom and her and starting a new family,” he added.

“Tay became very paranoid and became depressed and developed bad anxiety.”

An image from a GoFundMe appeal claim to show "abuse" endured by Tay.
An image from a GoFundMe appeal claim to show the “abuse” endured by Tay.
Gofundme

After alerting the authorities to the alleged battery of the minor, Hope and Hanee were said to have “beat Tay on her face and body,” according to Tian’s written plea.

Following the alleged attack, the girl began residing in LA with Angela and Tian.

After her 2013 move, Tian claimed that Hope immediately stopped paying child support — allegedly owing $400,000 — and did not see Tay until May 2018 during her YouTube rise to fame.

As a digital personality, best known for making cheeky remarks about her wealth and holding stacks of cash to her ear, Tay amassed more than 3.3 million Instagram followers.

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It was alleged that Tay grew up in a "dysfunctional" home.
It was alleged that Tay grew up in a “dysfunctional” home.
Gofundme

However, her social media posts began to dwindle after 2018, leaving fans to question her disappearance from the influencer trade.

At the time, Tian had already begun making public allegations of abuse against Hope — but Tay’s then-manager, Henry Tsang, denied the claims.

“Christopher Hope does not want any money from Lil Tay,” he told the Daily Beast in 2018.

“There are only three things he wants to see,” said Tsang.

Tay rose to digital fame at age 9 in 2018.
Tay rose to digital fame at age 9 in 2018.
liltay/Instagram

“First, no more crazy videos of cursing from Tay. Second, 25% of the gross earnings going to a trust fund dedicated to Tay. The third thing is, there has to be structure in her operation, in her public image.”

But Tian stood by his claims that Tay was abused.

In his 2021 appeal for money on behalf of Tay, he explained, in part: “My sister Tay has been silent on social media for the past 3 years because her absentee father (Chris Hope) served my mother a court order demanding control over Tay’s money, career and custody.”

Tian continued, “As a result, it was court ordered that my sister had to return to Vancouver, Canada … Since then he has stolen millions of dollars from my sister and has taken control of all her funds.”

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