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Neal Boyd, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 3 Winner, Dies at 42

Neal Boyd, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 3 Winner, Dies at 42 Neal Boyd, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 3 Winner, Dies at 42
Stacy Diaz | 12 June, 2018, 05:39

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

The opera singer was best known as the champion of the third series of the United States talent show back in 2008, when he was hailed by judges Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan and David Hasselhoff.

The opera singer won the competitive series in 2008 and released his first album, My American Dream, the following year.

The record shot to number three in the Top Classical Albums Chart, while he also bagged a headline show in Las Vegas.

The TV star passed away at 6 pm on Sunday in his hometown of Sikeston, Missouri.

Boyd was just 42 years old.

Boyd's death comes one year after he and his mother were involved in a serious auto accident, in which their vehicle ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree.

Speaking about the incident at the time, he told the Southeast Missourian: "It was a very, very, very bad wreck ...it's a very slow progress".

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

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".

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

"I want to thank everyone who has taken part in helping Neal and I recover especially the first responders st francis medical center all the doctors and staff both in cape and st louis the air evac team and every one who has sent messages and posts [sic]", Esther wrote on her Facebook shortly after the vehicle accident.

In 2011, the singer ran as Republican for the Missouri House of Representatives.