Neal Boyd, who died on June 10, won season 3 of “America’s Got Talent” back in 2008. The opera singer had struggled with his health in the decade since, and suffered a fatal heart attack at his mother’s house in Missouri on Sunday evening. In recent months, he had been recuperating from a 2017 car accident. A year after his “AGT” win, he had released the album “My American Dream.” The lifelong Republican ran unsuccessfully for Congress in both 2012 and 2014.
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Boyd was the first of four consecutive male singers to win the show, followed by Kevin Skinner, Michael Grimm and Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. That quartet of male singers was followed by three variety acts: father-son dog duo Olate Dogs (season 7), modern dancer Kenichi Ebina (season 8) and magician Mat Franco (season 9).
Fittingly, season 12 was won by a 12 year-old: ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer. This Oklahoma native was the third ventriloquist to win “AGT” following Terry Fator (season 2) and Paul Zerdin (season 10). Farmer was also the third child star to take the title, following season 1 champ singer Bianca Ryan, who at age 11 is the youngest-ever, and season 11 winner Grace VanderWaal, a 12-year-old singer-songwriter/ukeleleist. They are the only three females to be crowned “America’s Got Talent” champion.