Boyd Dies: Former "America’s Got Talent" Winner Was 42

Boyd Dies: Former

Boyd Dies: Former "America’s Got Talent" Winner Was 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.

"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.

As victor of "America's Got Talent" a decade ago, Boyd received $1 million and headlined a Las Vegas show.

In early 2017, Neal blacked out while driving, causing an accident that left him and his mother badly injured. They'd been slowly recovering since then.

Known as "The Voice of Missouri", Neal's hometown has now marked October 2008 as "Neal E. Boyd month".

Amick added that his weight was also a contributing factor. He released his album "My American Dream" the following year.

Boyd also ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for a south-east Missouri seat in the United States house of representatives seat, losing in the general election in 2012 and in the primary in 2014.

Piers said: "You know Neal, as you began to sing, I think the whole audience felt electricity on the stage". "You have these 'down moments, ' whether it be health or physical, like it is now, and 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".

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