“America’s Got Talent” contestant Jay Jay Phillips has reportedly died of COVID-19. He was 30.
Phillips’ family told TMZ that he suffered from coronavirus at home during Thanksgiving week.
The business reported that family and friends checked in on him over the phone, but his health took a bad turn just a day before the holiday, according to TMZ.
His family reportedly told Phillips, a Cleveland native, to check into a hospital; but Phillips told them he should just sleep it off.
Phillips’ girlfriend and mother checked in on him on Thanksgiving and found him dead in his home.
Phillips was unvaccinated, according to TMZ, but he had just before he became ill told friends and family that he was planning to get the shot. At the time of his death, Phillips was living with his father, who is currently in the hospital and on a respirator.
The rocker first appeared in season 4 of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and was eliminated early in the competition. He then came back in season 12, but was cut before the quarterfinals.
Phillips was known in the reality series for his signature look: wild, curly hair, crazy clothes with animal prints and a large keyboard hanging from his body.
Another contestant who appeared on the talent show also died last month. Singer Thomas Wells died in a gruesome accident at a tire factory on November 13th.
Thomas’ wife, Jessica Wells, told TMZ that the 46-year-old was working at a factory in Oklahoma when he was caught in an automatic conveyor belt.
“Thomas had a great voice and loved to sing hymns as well as contemporary music,” read an obituary. “He always had a smile and loved to make fun and give people a hard time. He was a great entertainer and always became the center of attention. “