NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — America’s Got Talent paid tribute Tuesday to a local doctor turned viral music sensation who died after an accident last month.
Before Dr. Brandon Rogers was able to step into the limelight on national television, he was involved in a tragic accident in Maryland. According to the police report, Rogers was a passenger in a car that veered off the road and crashed into a tree. He died from his injuries.
Rogers was 29 years old.
On Tuesday, America’s Got Talent aired Dr. Rogers’ audition on WAVY-TV 10.
His audition earned him a standing ovation.
Brandon’s mother, Carmelita Rogers, says her son lived, laughed and loved.
“There is a tunnel and at the end there is a light. I just got to get through the tunnel. How fast I get through? I don’t know, but I know my baby is the light at the end and I’m going to get to him,” said Carmelita. “He was a family man. He would walk in everyday and say, ‘Where’s my father?’ His father was the last one to ever see his eyes open.”
His father, Danni Rogers, said his son will leave a lasting impression on the world.
“I was just proud to be a father of such an amazing son,” said Danni. “To see him go on in life and his contributions to society… It does my heart good. It does my heart good.”
Rogers’ friends sent statements to 10 On Your Side, including childhood friend Randon Boone:
Brandon D. Rogers was an all around favorite, best singer, strong leadership character, very determined, just a great person that the world needs more of. Most of all, he just loved everyone, and had love in his heart. The Rogers family really are a true inspiration to a lot of friends, family, and church family as well as church youth. I’m proud to say that we grew up as family and had a lot of fun memories growing up, from running around at church to playing in the community, to watching his dad receive military orders and relocate, and we always was sad to see them deploy. They always found they way back to Portsmouth, Virginia.”
Dr. Rogers’ brother also posted on Instagram remembering his sibling after his passing:
Dr. Rogers worked at Riverside Brentwood Medical Center. He was working on a diabetes care project there, which the hospital is moving forward with in his honor.
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