Not a dry eye was in sight during Matt Mauser's heart-rending backstory and performance for his America's Got Talent audition on Tuesday night.
While holding back tears himself, the 51-year-old Huntington Beach, Calif., native told the awestruck judges about how he lost his wife Christina in the same helicopter crash that killed basketball legend Kobe Bryant and seven others on Jan. 26, 2020. The couple had retired from teaching so he could pursue his singing career full-time while Christina went on to become the Team Mamba assistant coach alongside Bryant.
"We met in 2004. She came in and saw me playing at this dive bar and I asked her out. And we sat in my car and we talked about music. She was just this very humble, powerful, beautiful human being," Mauser told host Terry Crews in a behind-the-scenes video. "It's been a rough year, but here I am."