America’s Got Talent winner Neal E Boyd has died at age 42.
The opera singer, who won the show in 2008, was found unresponsive in his mother’s Sikeston, Missouri home.
A coroner has announced that the TV star passed away at 6pm after suffering several complications related to his weight including heart and kidney failure.
Sad end: Neal E Boyd has died at the age of 42. The opera singer has died from heart failure, pictured above in 2012
He was a favorite on America’s Got Talent for his opera voice, pictured above during audition
A good year: He won America’s Got Talent in 2008 – pictured (l-r) Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, Jerry Springer and David Hasselhoff after his victory
Following his win of the $1million prize he was left in tears as he was congratulated on stage
Scott County Coroner Scott Amick revealed that Boyd had a known a health condition related to his heart and kidney, and also suffered liver disease.
His body has been cremated at Ponder Funeral home, according to E! News.
He and his mother were still recovering from a car accident in 2017 where he had passed out while driving, according to TMZ.
Speaking on that wreck in February he revealed he was unable to use his legs following the crash.
‘It was a very, very, very bad wreck … It’s a very slow progress. I shattered a lot of bones, and shattered my hip, which has left me almost unable to use that leg for now,’ he said to the Southeast Missourian.
‘It’s been difficult, 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 traveling,’ he added.
Piers Morgan, who was on the panel of judges on America’s Got Talent during Boyd’s season, lamented his passing on Twitter
The opera singer was at his mother’s Sikeston, Missouri home at the time of his death, pictured above at Rockefeller Center during a Christmas event in 2008
After winning the $1million prize he went on to release a 2009 album entitled My American Dream, pictured above with Jimmy Fallon
He had a known heart condition but also had complications with his kidney and liver, pictured above with singer Maggie Thorne in Nashville
Piers Morgan, who was on the panel of judges on America’s Got Talent during Boyd’s season, lamented his passing on Twitter.
‘Very sad to hear that Neal Boyd, Season 3 winner of @AGT, has died at 42 from heart failure. Lovely guy with a wonderful voice. RIP,’ he wrote Monday.
Neal became a favorite on season three of AGT because of his beautiful operatic voice that eventually won him the $1million prize in 2008.
After fame hit, he recorded the album My American Dream in 2009 and performed at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Florida.
The singer then switched gears and dabbled into politics.
He ran unsuccessfully for a Republican Missouri seat in the House of Representatives in the 2012 general election and the 2014 primaries.
Boyd had a known a health condition related to his heart and was still recovering from a 2017 car accident
Boyd, pictured above as a child, smiles with a keyboard, revealing his musical knack started from a young age
He dabbled in politics running unsuccessfully for a Republican seat in the House of Representatives in the 2012 general election and the 2014 primaries