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'America's Got Talent' Airs Audition of Contestant Who Died

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    "America's Got Talent'' has aired the audition of a contestant who died in a car accident last month. 

    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 Tuesday at the request of Rogers' family. 

    Rogers became popular on Instagram for his vocal covers

    One of Rogers' most-viewed posts was of him signing the Boyz II Men ballad "On Bended Knee," which won him an invite from the group to perform with them in Las Vegas earlier this year.

    "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," the group said in an Instagram post.