Former America’s Got Talent winner Neal E. Boyd has died at the age of 42.
The opera singer won the 2008 US series of the reality show, passed away at his mother’s home on 10 June in Missouri, according to Scott County Coroner Scott Amick.
Boyd suffered from both heart and kidney failure, as well as liver problems that led to his death.
America’s Got Talent shared a tribute to the late star in their Instagram, saying: ‘
We are very saddened to hear that one of our AGT family members, Neal Boyd, has passed away.
‘Our hearts are with Neal’s loved ones during this difficult time.’
A post shared by America’s Got Talent – AGT (@agt) on Jun 11, 2018 at 11:01am PDT
With a number of comments on the post expressing their sadness over this death.
‘Thoughts and prayers and condolences go out to the family!’ read one. ‘RIP Neal. We all still love and remember you. I think we would all love it if you guys make a tribute video to him on your YouTube channel!’ said another.
‘Rest in peace’ and ‘Rip neal boyd you will be missed’ made up the hundreds of other comments left on the account’s post.
Boyd won the show a decade ago, after wowing judges and audiences with his tenor voice. He released his debut album, My American Dream, which remained his one and only.
Since the AGT win, Boyd performed in front of Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush and twice ran for a seat in the Missouri House Of Representatives in 2012 and 2014.