We are told that Jay’s girlfriend Jay and his mother – who is a nurse – went to see him on Thanksgiving Day and found him dead. The family member tells us that Phillips was not vaccinated, but just before he got sick he started telling people he was planning to get the vaccine soon.
Phillips’ father, who he lived with, is currently hospitalized and fighting for his life on a ventilator.
Jay Jay made his first appearance in Season 4 of the talent show, but was knocked out early. He returned in Season 12, but was knocked out in the Judges’ Cups just before the quarter-finals.
Phillips was 30 years old.