Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Neal Boyd, one-Time 'America's Got Talent' winner, dies

Neal Boyd, one-Time 'America's Got Talent' winner, dies

Former 'America's Got Talent' victor Neal E Boyd has died, at the age of 42. He also suffered from liver disease and kidney failure.

Boyd captivated audiences with his booming voice and quickly became a fan-favorite while competing on America's Got Talent back in 2008. "We have to be able to get me back up on my feet again, because I'm still walking with a walker".

"It was my mom who really kept the family together", he continued. The singer was reportedly at his mother's home at the time.

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It's been a decade since Neal won "America's Got Talent" in 2008 with his operatic pop singing and scored the $1 million prize along with a headlining show in Las Vegas.

Boyd released two albums following his AGT victory, My American Dream in 2009 and My Christmas Wish in 2013.

Last year Neal and his mother Esther were involved in a near-fatal auto crash when the vehicle he was driving hit two trees.

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"It's a very slow progress", he continued. Earlier this year, he revealed that he was working on a new album slated for release in 2019.

"Any time you're in a moment of struggle, God has a way of coming in and uplifting you", he said.

"You never know what's going to happen next".

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He also ventured into politics since his time on the show, running unsuccessfully as Republican for the Missouri House of Representatives in 2012 and 2014.

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