Jay Jay Phillips, the METTAL MAFFIA keyboardist who appeared on the reality competition show “America’s Got Talent” has died after a battle with COVID-19. He was only 30 years old.
METTAL MAFFIA announced Phillips‘s passing on social media, writing: “It is with great sadness we inform you all of the loss of our bandmate/brother/and friend @jayjayrocks. 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 detrimental loss. We miss you brother, every second of every minute, of every day. Thank you for teaching us all to laugh a little more. Rock in Paradise.”
A family member told TMZ that the musician was battling the virus during Thanksgiving week at his home.
Phillips‘s health worsened and when his friends and family called him and suggested that he go to a hospital, he declined and told them that he just needed to sleep. That was the last time they heard from him before his mother and girlfriend discovered his body on Thanksgiving Day.