Former America’s Got Talent contestant Jay Jay Phillips has died. He was 30.
“It's with nice unhappiness we inform you all the lack of our bandmate/brother/and pal @jayjayrocks,” an announcement on Mettal Maffia’s official web page learn. “It nonetheless doesn’t really feel actual and we'd give something to alter it. Please respect the household, in addition to our needs as we take our time to grieve and course of this detrimental loss.”
The group’s assertion additionally added a short be aware to their former member: “We miss you brother, each second of each minute, of on daily basis. Thanks for instructing us all to giggle a bit extra. Rock in Paradise .”
“His [girlfriend] discovered him 5 days in the past unresponsive in a fetal place died in his sleep,” Lawless instructed the outlet on Friday. “He was battling COVID like so many quietly at residence the one distinction was his soul was bigger than most and so all of us knew he was struggling. His father was lately hospitalized for COVID as nicely. We're uncertain how he's doing by way of all of this. JJ was solely 30 and all the time appeared wholesome to me [the] decade I knew him, so this can be a shock to most of us.”
The photographer, 43, sweetly eulogized his longtime pal on the time.
“I knew JJ since he was 20,” Lawless instructed The Wrap. “He was recognized all through the Cleveland space the place he would usually carry out songs utilizing a wide range of devices at native festivals and park gatherings. All the time smiling, extremely form and music was his life. The child might play any instrument and in my view was a child prodigy in that respect.”
The NBC collection additionally shared an announcement by way of Instagram Story on Friday, writing, “Our AGT family is saddened to be taught concerning the passing of Jay Jay Phillips. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his household and buddies.”
Phillips beforehand appeared in two seasons of NBC’s expertise competitors. After a short tenure on 2009’s season 4, he returned for season 12 in 2017. Throughout his actuality TV return, he superior to the quarterfinals. On the present, the performer was recognized for his huge hair, rockstar look and electrical keyboard abilities.
Since then, Phillips and Mettal Maffia have recorded five albums together as a hybrid steel group, and two months earlier, he couldn’t assist however gush over his time within the band.
“So in case anyones questioning the place I’ve been or what i’ve been uptoo right here it's!!!!” the late musician wrote by way of Instagram in October, alongside live performance footage. “My band METTAL MAFFIA is making big strikes and anybody that’s a fan of me IT’S A MUST you test us out, i’m 50 million extra instances [excited] about this than the entire AGT factor and that i’m so grateful to rock out with my brothers and sister and dude I really like this band and them a lot it’s [ridiculous], try our insta and comply with us at @mettalmaffiaofficial so you possibly can catch a present Rock and f**kin Roll child.”