'America's Got Talent' winner Neal Boyd dies at 42

Cheryl Kahla
Jun 11, 2018
08:16 A.M.
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Operatic pop singer Neal E. Boyd was most well known for being America's Got Talent 3rd season winner. He passed away on Sunday. 


As reported by KFVS12, his death was confirmed by County Coroner Scott Amick from Sikeston, Missouri. Boyd passed away shortly after 6 pm.

TMZ had since learned that Boyd was at his mother's home when he died. The cause of death was heart failure, as he had a 'known heart condition related to his heart.' 

Boyd was first introduced to operatic music during his teens when he did a school project on classical music. He was given a CD of the Three Tenors which motivated him to pursue singing. 


After school, he obtained a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Missouri in 2001 but only rose to fame seven years later when he won American's Got Talent. 

He signed with Decca Records in 2009 and released his first album, My American Dream. The album soon reached the third spot on the Top Classical Albums chart. 

It reached the 10th spot on the US Heat chart and 195th on US Billboard 200. He sold 6,000 copies, and the tracks were also available through digital download. 


Boyd had secular interests as well and served as Vice President for Voluntary Benefit Services in Missouri, and was also co-owner of an insurance agency, Cox & Boyd Insurance Solutions. 

Boyd, who was a Republican and ran for a seat in 2012, had the privilege of performing for several Presidents throughout his career. 

He performed for George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. In 2010, Boyd performed for Barack Obama, during the former President's visit to Missouri. 

Two years later, he performed God Bless the USA at the Republican National Convention at Tampa Bay Times Forum. For more details, please follow our Twitter account, AmoMama USA.