Tragedy in Boston: Cop Who Appeared on Donnie Wahlberg’s Reality Show Dies

Jeremy Blacklow
Yahoo TV

An eight-year veteran of the Boston Police Department who was a part of the TNT reality series "Boston's Finest," died of an apparent suicide on Tuesday.

Pat Rogers reportedly died in a "non homicide" but the Boston PD would not provide any additional details. The department issued the following statement to media: "The Boston PD is investigating the unfortunate death of a member of the department. At this time, the circumstances are under investigation, and the department asks that the media respect the privacy of the family at this time."

"Boston's Finest" is executive produced by actor Donnie Wahlberg, one of the city's most famous natives working in Hollywood. The show — which deals with the intense pressures the city's cops have to balance between work and their personal lives — begins its second season this coming Tuesday at 9 p.m. Donnie was in town this week to debut the first episode at the Revere Hotel alongside Mayor Tom Menino, according to the Boston Herald.

The actor tweeted his condolences on Wednesday:

<blockquote lang="en"><p>I am so deeply saddened tonight. My thoughts and prayers go out to a fallen brother of The Boston Police Dept.</p>— Donnie Wahlberg (@DonnieWahlberg) <a href="">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote lang="en"><p>Forgive my lack of tweets today. Working very hard, with a very heavy heart.</p>— Donnie Wahlberg (@DonnieWahlberg) <a href="">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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It's unclear at this early stage how the show will address Rogers's death. He appeared in several episodes of the show's first season, and reportedly only turns up briefly in Season 2. The show's second season begins in the aftermath of April's Boston Marathon bombing. TNT issued the following statement that says, "We stand with the men and women of the Boston Police Department, and send heartfelt condolences to family, friends and fellow officers."

"Four of our officers were at the house in Watertown when the second (alleged bomber) was captured, so they were a big part of it," Wahlberg told the Herald. "I think people had a lot of respect for the Boston police before the bombings, but since that happened, there's been a lot more attention on the show and people really got a great sense of how awesome the men and women of the Boston Police Department are."

On the show's website, Rogers is described as being an officer from Dorchester, Massachusetts, from Unit E-18. He had an uncle in the BPD and has a cousin in Unit C-11.

The rest of his biography reads, "From his blue-collar upbringing in Dorchester to his unmistakable accent to his relaxed personality, Pat Rogers is a Boston guy. Raised by his mother and stepdad, and inspired by an uncle to join the police force, Pat has been on duty for eight years, the last two of which he's been partnered with Jenn Penton. They make a good pair on patrol, with Jenn amused by Pat's constant teasing, and always ready to throw one back at him. But when the situation calls for it, Pat can be as tough as any cop on the street. And don't even think about messing with his partner."