THE music fraternity is reacting to the death of singjay J Capri, who died at the University Hospital of the West Indies yesterday morning.
Twenty-three-year-old J Capri, whose real name is Jordan Phillips, was in a coma since being involved in a motor vehicle accident in the Barbican area of St Andrew on November 23.
Her father Kenneth Phillips was distraught when the Jamaica Observer spoke with him yesterday.
“We are trying our best to cope under what is a very difficult situation,” he said between sobs. “She was so young and so full of promise, that for this to happen is surreal… I can’t even wrap my head around it fully.”
He said the hospital called about 3:00 am to report further complications. By the time he rushed there she had died.
“This is the worst thing for a parent to imagine and even worse to experience. She never got to realise her full potential. She was making plans for a tour of the US and Canada. This was gonna be good for her as she is more known in Europe…. and it’s not to be,” he lamented.
Phillips was very close to his daughter. She was the eldest of his three children and, for more than 18 years, his only child. Her younger siblings are three and five years old.
Meanwhile, Lady Saw said, despite only meeting J Capri on one occasion, she was instantly drawn to the artiste. Saw told the Jamaica Observer that she was devastated by her death.
“She was such a sweet child. I only met her once but instantly fell in love with her spirit. She was so talented and her performances were always on point. She had that crossover thing about her and so I was always telling people about her. I am at a loss for words,” said Saw.
Other artistes took to social media to express their condolences.
On her Twitter page, Spice noted: “OMG R.I.P Jordan. Words can’t explain how sad this news is making me feel right now.”
Alaine tweeted: “Walk Good blessed sister. #spiritneverdies #Sincerecondolencestoherfamilyandlovedones #Jcapri #restinpeaceandlove.”
Tifa also tweeted: “Sing with the angels doll.”
J Capri’s last major performance in Jamaica was on Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest in July. She is best known for the songs Reverse It and Wine and Kotch.