'America's Got Talent' victor Neal Boyd dead at 42

'America's Got Talent' victor Neal Boyd dead at 42

Neal Boyd, who won America's Got Talent's third season, has died.

The pop opera singer's cause of death was heart failure, but there will not be an autopsy to confirm.

Past America's Got Talent victor Neal E. Boyd has died. He also sang Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

He went on to record his first album My American Dream after winning the show.

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Scott County Coroner Scott Amick told The Associated Press that Boyd, 42, died at about 6 p.m. Sunday at his mother's house in Sikeston.

Just a year before his passing, Boyd and his mother, Esther, were in a major vehicle accident after he blacked out behind the wheel. In addition to his music career, he ran for an empty seat in the Missouri House of Representatives in 2011. The singer sustained serious injuries and told the Southeast Missourian in February that he was still recovering.

He added: "It's been hard, because you can't get up on stage right now, you can't perform for the audiences and you can't really do too much recording or travelling".

The Missouri native noted that "it just feels like something great is about to happen once I get back on my feet and back in front of the audience again". "Our hearts are with Neal's loved ones during this hard time".

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