RAPPER and influencer Lil Tay’s death announcement may have been authored by AI as an eerie analysis found a high probability it was generated by GPT.
Tay made headlines on Wednesday after an unattributed post appeared on her Instagram claiming she and her brother had died – but she has since broken her silence and revealed she is alive.
The now-deleted statement that Tay posted to Instagram on Wednesday read, “It is with a heavy heart that we share the devastating news of the sudden and tragic death of our beloved Claire.”
“Words fail us to express the unbearable loss and indescribable pain. This result was completely unexpected and shocked us all.”
“The death of her brother brings an even more unimaginable depth to our grief. At this time of great sadness, we kindly ask for privacy as we mourn this overwhelming loss as the circumstances of Claire and her brother’s deaths 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.”
When the statement (which has since been deleted) was entered into ZeroGPT – a tool that detects the likelihood that AI was used in a statement or other text – there was an 89% chance that the text was generated by AI.
The entire statement was deemed likely to be attributed to KI, with the exception of one sentence: “The death of her brother adds an even more unimaginable depth to our grief.”
“SAFE AND ALIVE”
Lil Tay, who clarified that her name is Tay Tian, broke her silence on Thursday and spoke up TMZ that her Instagram account was hacked.
“I want to make it clear that my brother and I are safe and alive, but I am completely heartbroken and struggling to even find the right words,” she told the outlet.
“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.”
“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 legal name is Tay Tian, not ‘Claire Hope’.”
Two former Lil Tay’s managers told The US Sun on Wednesday they were suspicious of the statement and had not been able to verify its legitimacy.
When reached by phone Wednesday night, Lil Tay’s father, Christopher Hope, refused to clarify the situation.
The US Sun asked Hope if his daughter and son had died, to which he casually replied, “I won’t comment on that at the moment.”
Hope said he was aware of the mounting speculation about his daughter’s death but said he was unwilling to reveal any more information.
One of Tay’s former managers, who wished to remain anonymous, told The US Sun they were shocked and concerned to learn of the “talented” girl’s apparent death.
However, specific details in the statement struck them as suspicious of their legitimacy, the ex-manager said.
“One thing I would question is who released that statement and why no one in the family signed it,” said the anonymous insider, who hasn’t been in contact with Tay in several years.
“Why isn’t it signed ‘This is Tay’s mother’ or ‘This is Lil Tay’s father’ or is it from an official representative? Why is there no appendix?”
“To me, that’s a very telltale sign. It makes no sense. Even when you’re deceased, there’s a group of people who come together to make the statement, usually family, and we don’t see that here.”
“I offer my condolences and am shocked by the news. But I am curious who and by whom the statement was released.” [why it hasn’t been signed by anyone.]
“I should be mourning now […]but i just have so many questions.
“CAN NOT BE DEFINITELY CONFIRMED OR REJECTED”
Harry Tsang, another former Tay representative, told The US Sun he was unable to confirm the legitimacy of the statement.
“I have communicated with people who have a deep understanding of the family’s situation,” Tsang wrote in an emailed statement.
“Given the complexity of the current circumstances, I have come to a point where I cannot definitively confirm or deny the legitimacy of the statement made by the family.”
“This situation requires careful consideration and respect for the sensitivities involved. My commitment remains focused on providing updates that are both reliable and timely.”
“In times like these, it is imperative that we prioritize accuracy and empathy.
“I encourage everyone to rely on reputable and official sources for information. We must be patient and await further developments before drawing any conclusions.”