'America's Got Talent' Shows Contestant Who Died Later After Performing in His Pasadena Audition

Published : Thursday, July 13, 2017 | 5:09 AM

NBC aired Tuesday the “America’s Got Talent” audition for the late Dr. Brandon Rogers nearly a month after the 29-year-old contestant died in a car accident in Maryland.

The audition was held at the Pasadena Civic Center in March, where Rogers earned four yeses from judges Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B.

On June 10, the family medicine specialist was a passenger in a car that veered off the road and hit a tree. He died in a hospital a day later.

“At the request of his family, we would like to honor his memory by sharing his audition with you,” the NBC show said in a statement before airing Rogers’ audition appearance.

The Portsmouth, Virginia native sang a soulful rendition of Stevie Wonder’s 1995 classic “Ribbon in The Sky” that ended with the audience, and the judges, standing in applause.

Before the performance, Rogers revealed the reason he decided to become a doctor.

“My inspiration for becoming a doctor was kind of born out of a pretty tough experience when I was six years old, when I came home from school one day and found my mom laying in a pool of blood,” he said in the audition video. “We rushed her to the hospital; the doctors were like heroes. They saved her life and it made me want to be the doctor that I am today.”

Rogers also explained music has always been his way of coping with the stress as a physician.

“If I could find a way to combine being a doctor and medicine with music and singing, that would be a dream come true,” he said.

“America’s Got Talent” producers discovered the aspiring singer when they saw him on Instagram covering Boyz II Men’s “On Bended Knee.”

After learning about his passing, Boyz II Men expressed their condolences on his passing on their official Instagram account.

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