Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Neal Boyd, one-Time 'America's Got Talent' winner, dies

Neal Boyd, one-Time 'America's Got Talent' winner, dies

America's Got Talent star Neal Boyd has passed away on Sunday 10 June. He was 42 years old.

Boyd performs at Rockefeller Center in New York, NY on December 3, 2008.

No autopsy was done, according to the county coroner. "He had heart failure, kidney failure and some liver disease".

He and his mother were still recovering from a vehicle accident in 2017. "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.

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The former insurance salesman-turned-opera singer won the 2008 competition, and the $1 million prize, after sharing with audiences - and judges David Hasselhoff, Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne (Jerry Springer was host) - the story of his impoverished upbringing, and love of singing.

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

He also told the outlet that he was planning on releasing new music, an album called In the Middle of it All, in 2019, adding that it was "uplifting".

"You never know what's going to happen next", he said.

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