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"America's Got Talent" Winner Neal Boyd Dies At 42

The opera singer was only 42 years old.

His passing comes just one year after another contestant, Dr Brandon Rogers, 29, was killed in a auto accident weeks before his AGT audition was due to air on TV.

He was in his hometown of Sikeston, Missouri, reportedly at his mother's home, when he died. We're told he had a known a health condition related to his heart.

E! News reported that Boyd had been seen by numerous doctors before he died, as he was in heart and kidney failure, and he had liver disease.

Boyd's humble beginnings swayed the America's Got Talent fanbase to his side.

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Neal Evans Boyd was born November 18, 1975, and grew up in Sikeston.

Boyd won the show in 2008, wowing judges and audience members with his operatic voice. "Just a number of things were wrong with him, and ultimately that's what led to his demise", Scott County Coroner Scott Amick toldthe mag.

In 2017, Boyd was in a near-fatal auto accident after he blacked out while behind the wheel of a vehicle. "[Recovery is] a very slow progress". He then released his debut album "My American Dream" in 2009, and he performed at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

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

"It was a very, very, very bad wreck", Boyd told the Southeast Missourian in February.