Neal Boyd, 'America's Got Talent' Winner, Dies at 42

Neal Boyd - 76th Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting celebration 2008 - Getty-H 2018
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The opera singer won NBC's 'America's Got Talent' in 2008 and dabbled in Missouri politics.

Neal Boyd, an opera singer who won NBC's America's Got Talent and dabbled in Missouri politics, has died.

Scott County (Missouri) Coroner Scott Amick said Boyd died around 6 p.m. Sunday at his mother's house in Sikeston. He was 42.

Amick said Boyd had a number of medical problems, including heart failure, kidney failure and liver problems. He was seriously injured in a car crash last year.

Boyd won the network TV show and its $1 million prize in 2008. He released the album My American Dream in 2009, and performed at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

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.