'America's Got Talent' Winner Neal Boyd Dead at 42 from Heart Failure

Carla Harmon
June 12, 2018

Opera singer Neal Boyd, victor of the 2008 season of America's Got Talent, has sadly passed away at the age of 42. He reportedly dealt with a health condition related to his heart in the past.

Boyd, who appeared in season 3 of the USA talent competition, passed away in Sikeston, Missouri home.

Sad end: Neal E Boyd has died at the age of 42. His backstory was appropriately bittersweet; as a young man who grew up in poverty, an insurance salesman turned opera singer followed his dream with the support of his family behind him. The Scott County Coroner confirmed his time of death at 6:26pm.

Boyd's death comes one year after he and his mother were involved in a serious auto accident, in which their vehicle ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree.

Neal became a favorite on AGT because of his attractive operatic voice. He released an album on Decca Records, w hich reached No. 3 on the Billboard Classical Albums chart. "[Recovery is] a very slow progress.

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. "I shattered a lot of bones, and shattered my hip, which has left me nearly unable to use that leg for now", he said.

"You can kind of attribute that to the fact that Neal was a pretty overweight individual and when you are that overweight, that is a challenge to your heart, but his death was attributed mainly to his heart problems", the spokesperson added.

American pop opera singer Neal E. Boyd, who performed at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, on August 28, 2012 during the Republican National Convention, died on Sunday.

He went on: "Any time you're in a moment of struggle, God has a way of coming in and uplifting you".

The Missouri native noted that "it just feels like something great is about to happen once I get back on my feet and back in front of the audience again". Just be grateful that you survived.

The opera singer also ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for a southeast Missouri House of Representatives seat.

Other reports by iNewsToday