‘AGT’ Contestant Tragically Died Before His Audition Aired — The Story Of Dr. Brandon Rogers
Dr. Brandon Rogers has one of the most tragic stories to come out of America’s Got Talent. In 2017, the singer died in a car accident before his audition for the show even aired.
AGT shared his audition posthumously, and judge Simon Cowell has since spoken up about Brandon’s amazing mother, who started a lab in his name to honor her son’s memory. Read on to find out more about Brandon’s story.
Dr. Brandon Rogers Dies Before His ‘AGT’ Audition Airs
On June 10, 2017, 29-year-old Brandon Rogers was killed in a car accident after his friend fell asleep at the wheel and drove off the road in Maryland. Brandon was a doctor and a singer. He went viral for a video of himself singing “On Bended Knee” by Boyz II Men in 2016.
AGT producers reportedly approached him because of the performance, and Boyz II Men also invited him to perform at one of their concerts. For his audition, Brandon performed “Ribbon in the Sky” by Stevie Wonder.
Brandon received a standing ovation from the judges and audience. “There’s something so special about your voice,” Heidi Klum told him. “You have real control and passion, and you can be a star,” Howie Mandel said, joking that he shouldn’t have spent so much time in med school.
Simon Cowell called Brandon’s voice “stunning,” saying he was “one of the best singers we’ve had in the competition so far.” Brandon earned four “yes” votes from the judges. However, he died before he got to perform in the next round of the competition.
What Inspired Brandon To Be A Doctor?
According to CNN, Brandon was inspired to become a doctor when, at 6 years old, he came home to find his mother lying in a pool of blood. “We rushed her to the hospital, the doctors were like heroes,” he said. “They saved her life and it made me want to be the doctor that I am today.”
Brandon was also passionate about music, saying it got him through “tough days” at work. “My way to cope with the stress has always been music,” he said. “If I could find a way to combine being a doctor and medicine with music and singing that would be a dream come true.”
Simon Cowell Praises Brandon’s Mom Carmelita
Before his death, Brandon was a resident in the family practice program at Riverside Regional Medical Center. The hospital partnered with Brandon’s family to raise funds for the Dr. Brandon Rogers Simulation Lab.
“I know who my son was,” Brandon’s mother Carmelita said of her choice to honor him. “He loved medicine, and he loved helping people. I’m just glad we can carry this on.”
Simon Cowell and Carmelita recently appeared together in an interview with Extra. Carmelita praised Simon for his support, and Simon got emotional as he talked about what she has done for her son.
“What Carmelita has done under the most tragic circumstances is remarkable,” he said. “Every penny donated is going to the most incredible cause, honoring what Brandon was all about.”
You can donate to the Dr. Brandon D. Rogers, DO Memorial Fund, which aims to create opportunities for “academic achievement, scientific/medical research, artistic expression and community engagement.”