Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

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

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

Boyd died at his mother's house in Sikeston, Missouri on Sunday night, according to Scott County Coroner Scott Amick.

Boyd, who grew up in poverty, discovered operatic music in junior high school when his older brother was doing a school project involving classical music and brought home a CD of The Three Tenors. He allegedly had a known a health condition related to his heart.

Neal Boyd has passed away at the age of 42.

When news broke of Boyd's passing, British media personality Piers Morgan - who at the time was a judge on the Boyd's season, along with Sharon Osbourne and David Hasselhoff - expressed his sympathy on Twitter, as did celebrity gossip columnist Perez Hilton. "So sad. Rest peacefully, Neal E. Boyd".

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.

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. "[Recovery is] a very slow progress".

The former insurance salesman ran for Missouri House of Representatives in 2012 as a Republican, ultimately losing out to Democratic incumbent Steve Hodges.

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