Dr. Brandon Rogers, a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, was described as “the singing doctor,” and “a standout contestant” in the show. Judge Simon Cowell declared him to be “one of the best singers in this year’s competition so far.” Co-judge Heidi Klum said of his performance, “the doctor is really handsome and the doctor can sing.” On June 9 in Maryland, not long after the audition had taken place, but before it had even aired on television, Rogers was riding in a car driven by a friend who’d just come off a long shift at work. The driver fell asleep at the wheel and the car veered off the road before striking a tree head on. While the driver and another passenger in the back seat survived, Dr. Rogers was seriously injured. He died the next day in the hospital at age 29.