'America's Got Talent' victor Neal Boyd dead at 42

'America's Got Talent' victor Neal Boyd dead at 42

Boyd was just 42 years old.

"He died about 6:26 last night at his mother's house in Sikeston, [Missouri, ]" a spokesperson for the Scott County Coroner's Office tells ET.

"Very sad to hear that Neal Boyd, Season 3 victor of ⁦@AGT⁩, has died at 42 from heart failure".

Boyd suffered from a number of medical issues, including heart, kidney and liver problems.

The former insurance salesman-turned-opera singer won the 2008 competition, and the $1 million prize, after sharing with audiences - and judges David Hasselhoff, Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne (Jerry Springer was host) - the story of his impoverished upbringing, and love of singing.


Neal Evans Boyd was born November 18, 1975, and grew up in Sikeston. He released an album on Decca Records, w hich reached No. 3 on the Billboard Classical Albums chart.

Boyd announced on his official Facebook page in May that he was raising money to record a new album and said he was still recovering from a near-fatal 2017 vehicle accident. "[Recovery is] a very slow progress".

He also ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for the Missouri House of Representatives after his AGT win.

"I shattered a lot of bones, and shattered my hip, which has left me nearly unable to use that leg for now", Boyd told the Southeast Missourian in February.

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