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'Americas Got Talent' victor Neal E. Boyd dead

'Americas Got Talent' victor Neal E. Boyd dead

Local news provider KFVS reported that Scott County Coroner Scott Amick said a "health condition" had been responsible for Neal's death, while TMZ notes that he had an existing condition "related to his heart". He'd been in heart failure and kidney failure, and he'd had liver disease. Boyd's high-profile win was so iconic for his hometown that it constituted Sikeston to rebrand October 2008 as "Neal E. Boyd month". The opera singer was only 42 years old. "It was my mom who really kept the family together".

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

Early past year, the Season 3 victor blacked out and crashed while driving and he had been slowly recovering since then, according to TMZ. The singer was reportedly at his mother's home at the time. "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 told the outlet in February.




Boyd released two albums following his AGT victory, My American Dream in 2009 and My Christmas Wish in 2013.

"Just be grateful that you survived", he continued.

The AGT victor also dabbled into politics, unsuccessfully running for an open seat in the Missouri House of Representatives in 2011.