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America’s Got Talent musician Jay Jay Phillips found dead at 30 from COVID-19

America’s Got Talent musician Jay Jay Phillips found dead at 30 from COVID-19 … as family reveals ‘he was unvaccinated’

  • America’s Got Talent star Jay Jay Phillips died from COVID-19 at the age of 30, according to TMZ on Friday
  • The outlet reported that family members found the musician’s body at his home on Thanksgiving after he’d taken a turn for the worst with the virus
  • His family revealed that Jay Jay was unvaccinated and refused to go to the hospital saying he just ‘needed more sleep’ 


America’s Got Talent star Jay Jay Phillips has died following a battle with COVID-19, according to a report from TMZ on Friday. He was 30-years-old. 

Phillips’ body was reportedly found by his mom and girlfriend on Thanksgiving who had gone to his home to check on him.

A relative of Jay Jay’s told the outlet that the rocker was unvaccinated but was coming around to possibly getting the jab when he fell ill with coronavirus. 

RIP: America’s Got Talent star Jay Jay Phillips has died following a battle with COVID-19, according to a report from TMZ on Friday

The day before Thanksgiving Jay Jay seemed to take a turn for the worst and despite being urged by loved ones to get to a hospital he stayed home to rest, it was reported. 

He had reportedly told family members in his last conversation with them that he just needed more rest.

His father, who Jay Jay was living with at the time, is currently hospitalized and on a ventilator, TMZ said. 

Phillips, who is most recognizable by his wild rock star hair, first gained fame performing on his keyboard in season four of America’s Got Talent. 

Tragic: Phillips' body was reportedly found by his mom and girlfriend on Thanksgiving who had gone to his home to check on him; he was unvaccinated

Tragic: Phillips’ body was reportedly found by his mom and girlfriend on Thanksgiving who had gone to his home to check on him; he was unvaccinated 

He was eliminated in the audition round that season but returned the show in season 12 making it through to the Judge Cuts round.

Jay Jay hailed from Cleveland, Ohio and had been a lover of music for most of his life, performing in rock band contests with his band Hysteria while in high school, according to a local news outlet.

Season 16 of AGT wrapped up in September with Dustin Tavella, a magician, taking home the top prize followed by aerialist Aidan Bryant in second place and stand-up comedian Josh Blue in third.

On stage: Phillips, who is most recognizable by his wild rock star hair, first gained fame in season four of America's Got Talent

On stage: Phillips, who is most recognizable by his wild rock star hair, first gained fame in season four of America’s Got Talent

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