Neal Boyd, former ‘America’s Got Talent’ winner, dead at 42

Neal Boyd, a former winner of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent, has died. He was 42.

Boyd died around 6 p.m. Sunday at his mother’s house in Sikeston, Mo., Scott County Coroner Scott Amick told the Associated Press. Boyd, who was in a car accident in 2017, had suffered from various medical ailments the last few years, including heart failure, kidney failure and liver disease.

An opera singer, Boyd won Season 3 of “America’s Got Talent” in 2008 after performing “Nessun Dorma” in the finals. His 2009 debut album, “My American Dream” debuted at No. 3 on the Top Classical Albums chart on “Billboard.”

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Boyd also twice ran for a Missouri House of Representative seat, losing in the general election in 2012 and in the primary in 2014. He performed at the Republican National Convention in 2012.

After news of his passing broke, former “America’s Got Talent” judge Piers Morgan paid tribute to Boyd on Twitter.

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