The TV star passed away at 6 pm on Sunday in his hometown of Sikeston, Missouri. "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. The opera singer suffered from a health condition related to his heart.
Boyd captivated audiences with his booming voice and quickly became a fan-favorite while competing on America's Got Talent back in 2008.
Last year, Neal and his mother were involved in a near-fatal vehicle accident after he blacked out while driving. They'd been slowly recovering since then.
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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. "If it wasn't for my mom, I wouldn't have had the confidence to sing for the first time in first grade". "[Recovery is] a very slow progress".
When news broke of Boyd's passing, British media personality Piers Morgan - who at the time was a judge on the Boyd's season, along with Sharon Osbourne and David Hasselhoff - expressed his sympathy on Twitter, as did celebrity gossip columnist Perez Hilton. "I shattered a lot of bones, and shattered my hip, which has left me nearly unable to use that leg for now", he told the outlet in February.
"You can kind of attribute that to the fact that Neal was a pretty overweight individual and when you are that overweight, that is a challenge to your heart, but his death was attributed mainly to his heart problems", the spokesperson added. He released his album "My American Dream" the following year.
He was also very involved in politics and campaigned for a Missouri District 149 House Seat in 2014. Just be grateful that you survived.