After it was reported that Canadian rapper and internet star Lil Tay has died, screenshots of her YouTube bio reading ‘Help Me’ are circulating – but there’s no need to worry.
A statement appeared on the 14-year-old’s Instagram on Wednesday (August 9) saying the teenager, whose real name is Claire Hope, died suddenly, but a cause was not given.
Lil Tay’s YouTube says, “Help me”
If you visit the rapper’s YouTube channel, the ominous words “Help me” appear at the top, under her name and subscriber account.
Claims have been circulating on social media that this description changed after her death, leading to speculation that she is not actually dead and needs help.
Concern is growing online, with one person writing on Twitter: “Why isn’t anyone talking about how the YouTube bio changed to say ‘help me’?”
“This is so worrying. “Someone’s checking out Lil Tay,” said another.
A third person added, “Uhh, can someone explain to me why Lil Tay’s YouTube says ‘help me’?”
Why does Lil Tay’s YouTube channel say “Help Me?” someone else tweeted.
Menacing YouTube bio exposed
However, the reports are completely false, as her bio already said “help me” long before her death – at least since April 2023.
A screenshot The rapper’s YouTube channel at a site called The Wayback Machine shows what was said on April 19, 2023.
The Wayback Machine is a digital archive of the web that allows users to go back in time and see what websites looked like in the past.
“Help me” is clearly written there in the April 19 archive, so claims that her biography changed after her death are not true.
Lil Tay dies “unexpectedly” at the age of 14
“It is with a heavy heart that we share the devastating news of the sudden and tragic death of our beloved Claire,” Lil Tay said in a statement on Instagram. “We have no words to describe the unbearable loss and the indescribable pain.”
“This result was completely unexpected and shocked us all. The death of her brother brings an even more unimaginable depth to our sorrow,” the statement continued, revealing that her brother Jason Tian has also passed away.
“At this time of great sadness, we kindly ask for privacy as we mourn this overwhelming loss as the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Claire and her brother are still being investigated.”
The statement, believed to have been written by the star’s family, said Claire “will remain in our hearts forever” and that her absence had left an “irreplaceable void”.
Lil Tay’s father, Chris Hope, didn’t want to do this, however confirm Insiders said if the post was true and the reason for the death was unknown.
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