- America’s Got Talent star JJ Phillips died of COVID-19 at the age of 30 on Friday, according to TMZ.
- The outlet reported that family members found the musician’s body at their home on Thanksgiving after the virus took the worst turn.
- His family revealed that Jai Jai was not vaccinated and refused to go to the hospital saying he just ‘needs more sleep’
- Philips band, Metal Mafia made official announcement on Tuesday
- The group wrote on Instagram, ‘It still doesn’t feel real and we will give anything to change it’
America’s Got Talent star JJ Phillips has died after a battle with COVID-19, according to a report tmz on Friday. He was 30 years old.
Phillips’ body was reportedly found on Thanksgiving by his mother and girlfriend who went to his house to check on him.
A relative of Phillips told the outlet that Rocker had not been vaccinated but was probably coming around to pick up a jab when he fell ill with the coronavirus.
The Philips band, Metal Mafia, made the official announcement on Tuesday.
“It is with great sadness that we inform all of you about the loss of our bandmate/brother/and friend @jayjayrocks,” the band said in a statement. ‘It still doesn’t feel real and we would give anything to change it. Please respect the family, as well as our wishes as we take our time to grieve and process this damaging loss,’ the band wrote. ‘We miss you brother, every minute, every day, every moment. Thank you for teaching us all to laugh a little more. Rock in heaven.’
Phillips and Metal Mafia released five albums together.
RIP: America’s Got Talent star JJ Phillips has died after a battle with COVID-19, according to a report in TMZ on Friday.
Philips band Metal Mafia posted a tribute to the rocker on Tuesday
The day before Thanksgiving, Phillips was taking a turn for the worst and despite being urged by loved ones to go to the hospital, he stayed home to rest, it was reported.
In his last conversation with his family members, he had said that he needed more rest.
His father, who was living with Phillips at the time, is currently hospitalized and on a ventilator himself, TMZ said.
Phillips, who is most recognized by his wild rock star hair, first rose to fame performing on his electric keyboard on season four of America’s Got Talent, the first of his two stints on the show.
Tragic: Phillips’ body was reportedly found on Thanksgiving by his mother and girlfriend, who went to his house to check on him; he was not vaccinated
Onstage: Phillips, best known for her wild rock star hair, first rose to fame on season four of America’s Got Talent
He was eliminated in that season’s audition round, but returned the show through a judge cuts round in season 12 before being cast in the quarterfinals.
Phillips was from Cleveland, Ohio and had been a lover of music for most of his life, performing in rock band competitions with his band Hysteria while in high school. A local news outlet.
‘It could have been stopped,’ wrote another.
AGT’s season ended on September 16, with a magician Dustin Tavela taking the top prize, followed by aerialist Aidan Bryant in second place and stand-up comedian Josh Blue in third.
AGT’s more intense spin-off, America’s Got Talent: Extreme, was forced to halt production in October because of a horrific on-set accident that nearly killed one contestant.
Stuntman Jonathan Goodwin was feared to be killed when a stunt rehearsal, which was captured in the film, went horribly wrong.
The video clip, shot at Atlanta Motor Speedway, begins with professional stuntmen hanging in the air as two cars are seen coming together.
The stunt was to see the 41-year-old Welsh escapologist free himself and fall under vehicles before colliding. However, he fell about 40 feet, missed the airbag and landed on his dead body.
A 911 call revealed that he was unresponsive and was close to death shortly after the incident. His current status is unknown.
AGT Tragedy: AGT’s more intense spin-off, America’s Got Talent: Extreme, was forced to halt production in October after a horrific accident on the set crash nearly killed escapist Jonathan Goodwin (pictured)