Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Neal Boyd Dead - 'America's Got Talent' Winner Dies at 42

Neal Boyd Dead - 'America's Got Talent' Winner Dies at 42

Boyd, the opera singer who won Season 3 of NBC's summer competition series America's Got Talent in 2008, died Sunday at his home in Sikeston, Mo. The opera singer has died from heart failure, according to TMZ.

Neal rose to fame on America's Got Talent, where he won over the public and judges with his operatic voice.

Boyd released the album "My American Dream" in 2009, and performed at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., singing "God Bless the USA" by Lee Greenwood.

Scott County Coroner Scott Amick told The Associated Press that Boyd, 42, died at about 6 p.m. Sunday at his mother's house in Sikeston. His post-Talent career included an album, My American Dream, and performances for multiple USA presidents.

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Just a year before his passing, Boyd and his mother, Esther, were in a major vehicle accident after he blacked out behind the wheel.

Speaking about the incident at the time, he told the Southeast Missourian: "It was a very, very, very bad wreck ...it's a very slow progress".

"You never know what's going to happen next", he said.

In 2011, the singer ran as Republican for the Missouri House of Representatives. Just be grateful that you survived. The two were rushed to hospital at the time, with TMZ claiming that both Neal and his mother had been "slowly recovering" since then.

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