America's Got Talent Winner Neal Boyd Dead at 42

Sergio Cunningham
June 12, 2018

Former 'America's Got Talent' victor Neal E Boyd has died, at the age of 42. The opera singer was only 42 years old.

Boyd won Season 3 of "America's Got Talent", earning the favor of judges David Hasselhoff, Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne with performances of "Somewhere" from "West Side Story" and "Nessun Dorma".

The opera singer won the competitive series in 2008 and released his first album, My American Dream, the following year. His post-Talent career included an album, My American Dream, and performances for multiple USA presidents.

Neal Evans Boyd was born November 18, 1975, and grew up in Sikeston.

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Boyd was set to release his third album in 2019 inspired by a tragic auto accident in 2017 that left him and his mother severely injured. "[Recovery is] a very slow progress".

"Boyd also ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for a southeast Missouri House of Representatives seat, losing in the general election in 2012 and in the primary in 2014", the AP reports. "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. When God's given you the time to rebuild your spirit and rebuild your body", the singer said.

Our thoughts are with Neal's loved ones during this time.

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