There is yet another bizarre story captivating the attention of social media users.
On Wednesday, August 9, many were led to believe that social media star Tay “Lil’ Tay” Tian and her brother had passed away. A short statement posted to Tian’s Instagram account described their deaths as “sudden and tragic,” but no additional details were provided.
“It is with a heavy heart that we share the devastating news of our beloved [Lil’ Tay’s] sudden and tragic passing,” the statement read.
“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.”
Not long thereafter, things took an unexpected turn when a separate statement was shared through the social media star’s Instagram account. In contrast, the second statement indicated that the 14-year-old social media personality and her brother were alive.
“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,” the statement reads.
“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.”
Despite the statement shared through Lil’ Tay’s Instagram account, the social media figure’s former manager, Harry Tsang, claims that she is being dishonest.
“I think she’s still alive, and I think it was fake,” he told the New York Post.
“I don’t believe anything that they say about the hacking.”
Lil’ Tay nor her family have issued any further statements regarding her or her brother’s condition.