‘America’s Got Talent’ winner and talented opera singer Neal E. Boyd tragically passed away on June 10 due to heart failure. He was just 42 years old.
Neal E. Boyd was reportedly at his mother’s home in Sikeston, Missouri, when he died of heart failure at the young age of 42, TMZ reports. The county coroner told the outlet that he died around 6 p.m. on June 10. The singer reportedly had a health condition related to his heart. No autopsy is expected to be performed on Neal.
Neal won America’s Got Talent in 2008, which was the show’s third season. His prize included $1 million and a headline show in Las Vegas. Neal blew the judges away — David Hasselhoff, Piers Morgan, and Sharon Osbourne — with his gorgeous voice. He broke down in tears during his audition interview talking about how much his mom had sacrificed for his family. “I grew up poor,” he said. “It was my brother, my mother, and I. I didn’t realize we were poor until my mom told me I was. But we got through. It was my mom who really kept our family together. We didn’t get to see her a lot because she was working. We lost a lot of time, so this would be a great moment to see that all of her sacrifices weren’t a waste.” After winning the competition, he went on to record one album, titled My American Dream. He also performed for President Barack Obama in 2010.
“We live in a difficult time when it”s sometimes hard to find hope,” Neal said on his website. “What I want to do with my music is to provide some little spark of hope. All you need is one little switch to make your heart move again… I love my town, I love my state of Missouri, and I absolutely love America. It”s truly the greatest country on earth. Now, my opportunity is to make my country proud. I hope I can.”
Neal got into a devastating car accident with his mother in early 2017 after he blacked out while driving. The accident left Neal and his mother injured. They had been recovering since then. Our thoughts and prayers are with Neal’s family and friends during this difficult time. He will be so missed.