‘America’s Got Talent’ Airs Audition of Black Contestant Who Died

by: The Associated Press
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“America’s Got Talent” has aired the audition of a contestant who died in a car accident last month.

In this March 2017 photo provided by NBC, Brandon Rogers performs during America’s Got Talent auditions in Pasadena, Calif. Rogers, a family physician from Portsmouth, Va., earned a standing ovation and a trip through to the next round of the NBC reality competition after singing Stevie Wonder’s “Ribbon in the Sky.” The 29-year-old died following a June 10 car accident in Maryland. (Trae Patton/NBC via AP)

Dr. Brandon Rogers, a family physician from Portsmouth, Virginia, tried out for the show in March. He earned a standing ovation and a trip through to the next round of the NBC reality competition after singing Stevie Wonder’s “Ribbon in the Sky.”

The 29-year-old died following a June 10 car accident in Maryland. Police said he was a passenger in the vehicle that veered off the road and hit a tree.

The show said it aired the audition July 11 at the request of Rogers’ family.

Rogers sang with Boyz II Men during a series of Las Vegas concerts earlier this year. The group paid tribute to him on Instagram following his death.

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