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 daughterâs passing.
âYeah, you have the right person, but I donât have any comment right now,â Hope told The Post in the brief, 2-minute call Wednesday. “Iâm not able to give you any comment right now. Iâm sorry â I canât.â
When asked whether someone else could confirm his daughterâs death, he cryptically responded, âUm, no, not that that I’m aware of.
“Sorry, I canât really comment or give you any help â Iâm just going to let you go,â he added before hanging up.
When contacted by The Post, a spokesperson for the Vancouver Police Department said: “We havenât 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 Postâs 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 â including her father â are surfacing in the wake of her death.
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 â born Claire Eileen Qi Hope, from Vancouver, Canada â released a statement casting slight doubt on her apparent passing.
âI have been in communication with individuals who have an intimate understanding of the family’s situation,â Tsang said to The Daily Beast. âGiven 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.â
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.”
“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 âphysically and mentallyâ abused by her âabsenteeâ father have also resurfaced.
The accusations were leveled against Hope in an April 2021 GoFundMe profile organized by the teenâs older brother, Jason Tian.
Per the Instagram post announcing Lil Tayâs death, her brother has died, too â though it is unclear whether the deceased sibling is Tian.
âChris Hope had a dysfunctional home and would bring many types of Asian women home,â wrote Tian on the crowd-sourcing site. âThey 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.â
He also claimed that Hope had been granted “50/50” custody of Tay when she was 5. 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 Hopeâs wife, Hanee, physically tormented the girl by âhitting and locking her in the dark closet,â with her fatherâs permission.
Tian alleged that Hanee also once broke Tayâs toe by intentionally slamming her foot into a door.
He further claimed that the abuse wasnât just physical.
âThey also started to refer to Tay as a ch–k, b—h and motherf—er,â wrote Tian.
âTay remembers them speaking and fantasizing about killing my mom and her and starting a new family,â he added. âTay became very paranoid and became depressed and developed bad anxiety.â
After alerting the authorities to the alleged battery of the minor, Hope and Hanee were said to have âbeat Tay on her face and body,â according to Tianâs 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 â allegedly owing $400,000 â 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.
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 â but Tayâs then-manager, Henry Tsang, denied the claims.
âChristopher Hope does not want any money from Lil Tay,â he told the Daily Beast in 2018.
âThere are only three things he wants to see,â said Tsang. âFirst, 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.â
But Tian stood by his claims that Tay was abused.
In his 2021 appeal for money on behalf of Tay, he explained, in part: âMy 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 Tayâs money, career and custody.â
Tian continued, âAs a result, it was court ordered that my sister had to return to Vancouver, Canada â¦ Since then he has stolen millions of dollars from my sister and has taken control of all her funds.”
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