Boyd, Former 'America's Got Talent' Winner, Dead at 42

Neal Boyd Dead – 'America's Got Talent' Winner Dies at 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. According to TMZ, no autopsy was performed.

A local hero in his home state of Missouri, local officials even grew to nickname Neal "the voice of Missouri" due to the multiple public appearance he made in the decade since his "America's Got Talent" win.

Following his run on "America's Got Talent", Boyd released an album, "My American Dream", in 2009. He also ran for a seat in the Southeast Missouri House of Representatives, though he was not victorious in 2012 or in the general election in 2014.

Boyd has passed away at the age of 42.

In 2017, Boyd was in a near-fatal auto accident after he blacked out while behind the wheel of a vehicle. "[Recovery is] a very slow progress. It's been hard, because you can't get up on stage right now, you can't perform for the audiences and you can't really do too much recording or traveling".

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", he continued. "When God's given you the time to rebuild your spirit and rebuild your body", the singer said.

"I want to thank everyone who has taken part in helping Neal and I recover especially the first responders st francis medical center all the doctors and staff both in cape and st louis the air evac team and every one who has sent messages and posts [sic]", Esther wrote on her Facebook shortly after the auto accident.

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