Lil Tay’s Death Cheat Hack has been confirmed by Meta.
The tech giant confirmed on Saturday that the social media star was indeed the victim of a hack after a post on the influencer’s Instagram claimed she was dead.
Meta, Instagram’s parent company, has reportedly spoken to the 14-year-old and believes she was telling the truth about her accounts being suspended. according to TMZand has since restored Tay’s access.
The post turned to Meta for confirmation.
On Wednesday, news that the teenager – also known as Tay Tian or Claire Hope – had passed away shocked the online community after a text image was posted to her Instagram announcing the influencer’s death.
“It is with a heavy heart that we share the devastating news of the sudden and tragic death of our beloved Claire,” read the now-deleted statement, in which she described her death as “unexpected.”
The Instagram post claimed that Tay’s brother had also died. “At this time of great sorrow, 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.”
“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.
In the days following the debunked obituary, several people came forward, including Tay’s own father, could not be confirmed He declined to provide more details about the circumstances to multiple media outlets, including The Post.
A day after the statement was released, Tay resurfaced on social media after a five-year hiatus, saying that she and her brother are still very much alive.
“I want to make it clear that my brother and I are safe and alive, but I am completely heartbroken and having a hard time finding the right words. It was a very traumatic 24 hours. All day yesterday I was bombarded with endless heartbreaking and tearful calls from loved ones as I tried to sort out this mess,” Tay said in a statement.
“My Instagram account was compromised by a third party and used to spread offensive misinformation and rumors about me, to the point that even my name was fake. “My official name is Tay Tian, not Claire Hope,” the statement concluded.
The statement drew the ire of several fans, who slammed the teenager, claiming the whole thing was a “publicity stunt”.
Harry Tsang, Tay’s former manager, had previously expressed doubts about her death but also thought the hacking allegation was dubious.
“I think she’s alive and I think it was fake,” Tsang, 32, said of Tay’s death and reappearance. “I don’t believe anything they say about the hacking,” he said, adding that he was “glad she’s okay.”