‘America’s Got Talent’ contestant and viral star dies in car crash before audition airs

A rising singer known for his impressive Instagram song covers has died in a car crash just weeks before his “America’s Got Talent” audition was set to air, TMZ reports.

Dr. Brandon Rogers, who gained viral fame in December when Boyz II Men noticed one of his posts, reportedly died following a car accident Saturday in Maryland. He was 29.

The hit NBC reality competition show reportedly reached out to the singer to come and audition after noticing his Instagram account, which boasted 54,000 followers and frequently featured Rogers posting song covers, often still in his scrubs and with a stethoscope around his neck.

Rogers caught the attention of Boyz II Men in December after he posted a cover of their 1994 hit “On Bended Knee,” and even joined the iconic boy band on stage at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in January.

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“This past weekend has been nothing short of amazing!!” Rogers wrote on Instagram at the time. “Sharing the stage with my idols…literally a dream come true!! Thank you SO much to 3 of the dopest most insanely talented singers ever.”

As news of Rogers’ death broke, the band was quick to post a touching tribute on their own Instagram account.

“Today our hearts are deeply saddened to learn about the sudden death of Dr. Brandon Rogers,” the post read. “Just a genuinely nice person and a really good singer! Gone too young and gone too soon. It hurts to know that the world will never have a chance to witness what his impact on the world could have been as a Doctor and even on the music world.”

Rogers graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2015, and was currently a resident.

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NBC reportedly has yet to make a decision on whether or not they plan to show Rogers’ audition, which was scheduled to air next month.

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