A singer who was a winner on the NBC competition program “America’s Got Talent” is dead at 42. The AP reports that Neal Boyd, an opera singer who won the show’s third season in 2008, died Sunday evening at his mother’s house in Sikeston, Mo.
Scott County Coroner Scott Amick said Boyd, who was seriously injured in a car crash last year, had a number of medical problems, including heart failure, kidney failure and liver problems.
Following his run on “America’s Got Talent,” Boyd released an album, “My American Dream,” in 2009. He later dabbled in politics, and performed at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
“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,” the AP reports.