LOS ANGELES, CA. (THECOUNT) — Jay Jay Phillips, a popular “America’s Got Talent” contestant, has died. He was 30.

According to reports, Phillips died after contracting from COVID-19 over the holiday weekend.


A family member told TMZ, Jay Jay was battling the disease at home Thanksgiving week. Family and friends were continuously checking in with him over the phone but he apparently took a turn for the worse the day before the holiday.

Jay Jay’s family urged him to go to the hospital, but he just told them he needed more sleep – that was the last time they heard from him.

TMZ says, Jay Jay’s girlfriend and mom, who is a nurse, went to check on him Thanksgiving Day and found him dead. The family member tells us Phillips was not vaccinated, but just before he got sick had started to tell people he planned on getting the shot soon.

Phillips’ dad, who he lived with, is currently hospitalized and fighting for his life on a ventilator.

Jay Jay first made an appearance on season 4 of the talent competition, but was eliminated early. He came back during season 12, but was eliminated in the judge cuts just before the quarterfinals.