America's Got Talent star Neal Boyd dies age 42

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Opera singer Neal Boyd, victor of the 2008 season of America's Got Talent, has sadly passed away at the age of 42.

Boyd died at his mother's house in his hometown of Sikeston, Mo. "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. He was in heart failure, kidney failure, and had liver disease.

One year ago, Boyd and his mother were involved in a serious auto accident in Scott County, after running off the right side of the road, striking a tree.

Boyd opened up about the accident in an interview with Southeast Missourian earlier this year.

Boyd captivated audiences with his booming voice and quickly became a fan-favorite while competing on America's Got Talent back in 2008.

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"I didn't realize we were poor until my mama told me I was, but we got through", he said on the show. He released his album "My American Dream" the following year. It's a very slow progress.

The Missouri native noted that "it just feels like something great is about to happen once I get back on my feet and back in front of the audience again".

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

Boyd, who ran as Republican for the Missouri House of Representatives in 2011, also had political plans.