'America's Got Talent' winner Neal Boyd dies at 42 due to heart failure
Neal Boyd was dubbed the Voice of Missouri and his hometown was so proud of him that they branded October 2008 as Neal E Boyd month
'America's Got Talent' star Neal Boyd has died at the age of 42. The talented opera singer passed away due to a heart failure, according to reports.
As reported by TMZ, the singer who won AGT in the year 2008, was at his mother's house in Sikeston, Missouri when he died around 6 pm on Sunday. Scott County Coroner Scott Amick told local news channel KFVS that Neal passed away due to "health issues". In 2008, Neal won the $1 million cash prize after winning the show and earned himself a headline show in Las Vegas around the same time.
Before becoming famous as an opera singer, Boyd was an insurance salesman whose life changed entirely after winning the reality TV talent show. He was dubbed the 'Voice of Missouri' and his hometown was so proud of him that they rebranded October 2008 as 'Neal E Boyd month'. He even decided to run for Missouri House of Representatives in 2012 on a Republican ticket.
Earlier last year, Neal had a blackout while driving and was involved an accident that left him and his mother, who was also in the car at the time, seriously injured. The mother-son duo had slowly been recovering since then.
This is a developing story and details will be updated when they become available. Meanwhile, check out Neal's audition on America's Got Talent below.