Missouri native Neal Boyd, former ‘America’s Got Talent’ winner, dies


Neal Boyd, an opera singer who won America's Got Talent and dabbled in Missouri politics, has died at the age of 42.

It's claimed that Neal was at his mother's home in Sikeston, Missouri in the U.S. when he died. Amick told Fox News that a wide array of health issues pertaining to Boyd's weight contributed to his death, including heart and kidney failure as well as liver disease.

The county coroner told TMZ 'no autopsy will be done.

During the incident past year in Scott County, Missouri, the "AGT" winner's auto went off the side of the road, into a tree, airborne and then into another tree.

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Boyd opened up about the accident in an interview with Southeast Missourian earlier this year. "We're talking with an orthopedist about possibly replacing the hip". He beat out violinist group Nuttin' But Stringz and singer/pianist Eli Mattson to take home the million-dollar prize.

Boyd released the album "My American Dream" in 2009, and performed at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., singing "God Bless the USA" by Lee Greenwood.

The former insurance salesman ran for Missouri House of Representatives in 2012 as a Republican, ultimately losing out to Democratic incumbent Steve Hodges.