Neal E. Boyd, gifted opera singer who won ‘America’s Got Talent,’ dead at 42

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American pop opera singer Neal E. Boyd performs at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, on August 28, 2012 during the Republican National Convention. AFP PHOTO Stan HONDA (STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)

SIKESTON, Mo. — Neal E. Boyd, the opera singer who won the third season of “America’s Got Talent,” died of heart failure on Sunday, according to TMZ. He was 42.

Boyd won the show in 2008, wowing judges and audience members with his operatic voice. He released his album “My American Dream” the following year.

Boyd died at his mother’s home Sunday night in Sikeston, Missouri. TMZ reported that he had a known health condition related to his heart.

Boyd had been slowly recovering after a crash last year that left him and his mother badly hurt. He had blacked out while driving.

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