Southampton Hospital Intern's Audition Airs on 'America's Got Talent' After His Death
A doctor who interned with Southampton Hospital last year, became an online singing sensation, and died in a car accident last month was featured on an episode of "America's Got Talent" Tuesday night.
Dr. Brandon Rogers, who was 29 when he died on June 11, had auditioned for the Fox show. His performance, singing Stevie Wonder's "Ribbon in the Sky," aired on Tuesday's episode. His rendition of the song elicited positive feedback from even Simon Cowell, who said he was one of the best singers they had in the competition so far. "I've never said this before to a doctor: You're sick," Mr. Cowell joked.
He received four yeses from the judges to continue on to the next phase of the talent contest.
Dr. Rogers, who specialized in family medicine, interned at Southampton Hospital from 2015 to 2016. A native of Portsmouth, Va., he was a resident at Riverside Brentwood Medical Center in Newport News, Va., when he died.
Dr. Rajeev Santiago Fernando, an infectious-disease specialist at Southampton Hospital, started a GoFundMe account to help with the doctor's funeral expenses.
After videos he posted of himself singing went viral on the internet last year, he was dubbed "the Singing Doctor." Boyz II Men invited him to perform with them in Las Vegas in January.