‘America’s Got Talent’ winner Neal E. Boyd dead at 42

Tuesday, 12 Jun, 2018

Boyd, an opera singer who won NBC's "America's Got Talent" and dabbled in Missouri politics, died Sunday, June 10, 2018, at his mother's house in Sikeston, Missouri. The opera singer has died from heart failure, according to TMZ.

Neal won "AGT" back in 2008. wowing the judges and the audience with his operatic voice.

He went on to win Season 3, earning a $1 million prize and a headlining act in Las Vegas.

Scott County Coroner Scott Amick told the Associated Press that Boyd died of heart and kidney failure and liver disease related to his weight.

Boyd has passed away at the age of 42.

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 auto accident.

After fame hit, he recorded the album, My American Dream.

Boyd's twitter biography still has the line, "Boyd for Missouri 2014".

"Any time you're in a moment of struggle, God has a way of coming in and uplifting you", he said.

"You never know what's going to happen next". The two were rushed to hospital at the time, with TMZ claiming that both Neal and his mother had been "slowly recovering" since then.

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