UPDATED 4/11, 10:40 a.m.: YK Osiris posted several Instagram Stories updates about the situation, writing, “The devil is moving. … Why me? I’m not even that type of person fr😞 I will never play around like that NEVER.”
As seen in the second slide of each of the IG posts below, screenshots of YK’s alleged conversations with Tyre Sampson’s mother Nekia Dodd have always been brought into the mix:
Another Stories update read, “At the end of the day, im not no Indian giver. w.e I do from my heart is from my heart. God always has my back fr. This not bout me or anyone else, it’s bout [Tyre]. God gave me a job to do and I wanted to get it done asap. I love you. And anything his mother need I’m here for her.”
Osiris’ sister Armonie Williams also joined the conversation, saying, “Y’all be so quick to believe lie[s] and that’s the problem with social media, my brother send them ppl 15,000. Nothing is fake…people become greedy. And he didn’t block them!!”
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YK Osiris has been accused of exploiting the death of Tyre Sampson, the 14-year-old boy who died after falling from an amusement park ride in Orlando.
“If anybody knows his family, tell them to DM me because I want to pay for his funeral cost,” Osiris wrote on Instagram shortly after the tragedy. The Jacksonville artist later told TMZ he was in contact with Tyre’s family and still interested in covering the teen’s funeral expenses.
But just hours after Tyre was laid to rest Saturday, his brother took to Facebook claiming Osiris never came through with a donation and was simply using the tragedy to gain clout.
“YkOsiri or whatever dude name is cancelled. Used lil bro for pure clout,” the post read. “Didn’t pay a dime but told the world otherwise. Even posted a fake screenshot of a GoFundMe donation. Stop pretending you about giving back to the community just to get your sales up. Lame as hell.”
As pointed out by Hollywood Unlocked, Tyre’s mother Nekia Dodd responded to the post by claiming Osiris had blocked her on Instagram.
Some Facebook users claimed Osiris had donated $15,000 to a GoFundMe set up by Tyre’s mom. The teen’s brother, who goes by Jrocc Jrr on social media, insisted that wasn’t the case, and claimed a screenshot of Osiris’ purported donation was fake.
“I’m not even gone argue about it,” Jrocc Jrr wrote. “Top donation is $500 as shown. We didn’t ask, [Osiris] volunteered. Stop lying to these people. He used my bro for clout.. thas that.”
Osiris has not publicly addressed the family’s claims.
Tyre died on March 24 after falling from the FreeFall ride at the ICON amusement park. The teen was reportedly 6’5” and over 300 pounds, putting him over the maximum weight requirement for the ride. Authorities continue to investigate the incident.
“We think this was completely preventable … Other than George Floyd’s tragic torture video, I think that this is the worst tragedy captured on video that I’ve ever seen,” said famed attorney Ben Crump, who’s representing the Sampson family. “
Osiris isn’t the only person who has been accused of using Tyre’s death for clout. A woman who identified herself as “Shay Johnson” gave multiple press interviews demanding justice for Tyre, whom she claimed was her cousin; however, the Sampson family later confirmed they never met the woman. Florida authorities later identified the woman as Lewishena Browning—an Orlando resident with no apparent ties to Tyre.