The America has talent family lost one of their own.
Jay jay phillips, a musician who appeared in two seasons of the NBC talent show, has passed away, his band Mettal Maffia confirmed. He was 30 years old.
“It is with great sadness that we all inform you of the loss of our bandmate / brother / and friend @jayjayrocks,” read a statement shared on the group’s Instagram page on Tuesday, November 30. “It still doesn’t feel real and we would do anything to change it.”
The rock band added, “Please respect the family and our wishes as we take our time to mourn and deal with this damaging loss.”
A family member of Phillips told TMZ the keyboardist had been sick with COVID-19 and was found dead at his home on Thanksgiving Day when his girlfriend and mother visited him.
Originally from Ohio, Phillips made his first appearance on America has talent in his fourth season in 2009. He was eliminated from the competition after auditioning in front of Piers Morgan, Sharon osbourne and David Hasselhoff, in which he performed an original song.