"America's Got Talent" Winner Neal Boyd Dies At 42

"America's Got Talent" Winner Neal Boyd Dies At 42

He was in his hometown of Sikeston, Missouri, reportedly at his mother's home, when he died.

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.

TMZ is reporting that the cause of death is heart failure, and Neal had a known heart condition at the time of his death.

Boyd's humble beginnings swayed the America's Got Talent fanbase to his side.

The opera singer was best known as the champion of the third series of the U.S. talent show back in 2008, when he was hailed by judges Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan and David Hasselhoff. Amick told Fox News that a wide array of health issues pertaining to Boyd's weight contributed to his death, including heart and kidney failure as well as liver disease.

It's claimed that Neal was at his mother's home in Sikeston, Missouri in the USA when he died.

Boyd won the network TV show and its $1 million prize in 2008.

The singer released his debut album My American Dream in 2009, followed by My Christmas Wish in 2013. "[Recovery is] a very slow progress".

Mr. Boyd also ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for a southeast-Missouri U.S. House seat, losing in the general election in 2012 and in the primary in 2014.

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