‘America’s Got Talent’ contestant Jay Jay Phillips, former child performer, has died at 21

Jay Jay Phillips, the former child performer on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” has died, the NBC network said on Monday. Phillips was a child performer in his hometown of Maywood, Illinois, appearing with the…

‘America’s Got Talent’ contestant Jay Jay Phillips, former child performer, has died at 21

Jay Jay Phillips, the former child performer on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” has died, the NBC network said on Monday.

Phillips was a child performer in his hometown of Maywood, Illinois, appearing with the Josie-O’Neill Players at the local public park. He would eventually move on to the Spotlight Youth Theatre in Chicago, a program that offers children, aged 5 to 14, an opportunity to develop and perform new theatrical works. Phillips went on to star on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” which ran from 2007 to 2016.

He appeared in episodes of “Dark Angel,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Gilmore Girls,” “90210,” “Gilmore Girls: When She Was Beautiful,” “Silk Stalkings,” “Dead and Gone,” “Secrets and Lies,” “Sisters,” “The O.C.,” “Eureka,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “Eastwick,” “The Brothers Grimm,” “MacGyver,” “Heroes,” “Chuck,” “Unforgettable,” “10 Things I Hate About You,” “Touched by an Angel,” “NCIS,” “Prison Break,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Rescue Me,” “Smash,” “Outlaw,” “The Good Wife,” “Men in Trees,” “Star” and “Dancing with the Stars,” according to his website.

Phillips appeared alongside the various “America’s Got Talent” judges at various times, including Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and fellow performer, David Copperfield. He showed his ability to demonstrate magic tricks and his talents as a musician.

He is survived by his parents, the Tribune reported.

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