Rockstar has confirmed that yes, sorry, your GTA Online save that evaporated thanks to server issues is, in fact, dead and gone.
An update on the company's support page clarifies that, "For those asking about their lost characters or rank, those will not be able to be restored so we sincerely hope that this cash stimulus we’re giving out this month will help you get back on your feet or to make your new life in Los Santos & Blaine extra sweet."
The cash stimulus in question was announced on Friday. Rockstar is offering a cool half-million in-game dollars for GTA Online players in October.
Just remember, kids, GTA money can't buy you happiness. (Please report back if you discover evidence to the contrary.)