Neal Boyd, ‘America’s Got Talent’ winner, dies at 42

Neal Boyd sings during the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Aug. 28, 2012. Boyd, an opera singer who won NBC's "America's Got Talent" and dabbled in Missouri politics, died Sunday, June 10, 2018, at his mother's house in Sikeston, Mo. He was 42. [/J. Scott Applewhite | Associated Press (2012)]
Neal Boyd sings during the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Aug. 28, 2012. Boyd, an opera singer who won NBC's "America's Got Talent" and dabbled in Missouri politics, died Sunday, June 10, 2018, at his mother's house in Sikeston, Mo. He was 42. [/J. Scott Applewhite | Associated Press (2012)]
Published June 11 2018
Updated June 11 2018

SIKESTON, Mo. — Neal Boyd, an opera singer who won America’s Got Talent and dabbled in Missouri politics, has died.

Scott County Coroner Scott Amick says Boyd died around 6 p.m. Sunday at his mother’s house in Sikeston. He was 42.

Amick says Boyd had a number of medical problems, including heart failure, kidney failure and liver problems. He was seriously injured in a car crash in 2017.

Boyd won the network TV show and its $1 million prize in 2008. He released the album My American Dream in 2009, and performed at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Boyd also ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for a southeast Missouri House of Representatives seat, losing in the general election in 2012 and in the primary in 2014.

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