A former winner of “America’s Got Talent” passed away this week.
Neal Boyd, who won Season 3, was found unresponsive and pronounced dead on Sunday evening at the age of 42.
While relatively young, Boyd had enough pain to fill a lifetime.
Early last year, Boyd was involved in a horrible car accident after having blacked out while behind the wheel.
Both he and his mother sustained injuries in the accident.
Boyd stated, “It was a very, very, very bad wreck … It’s a slow process.”
“I shattered a lot of bones, and shattered my hip, which has left me almost unable to use that leg right now,” Boyd added.
After the accident, his music career more or less came to a screaming halt.
While not being able to record or perform, he remained upbeat and was looking forward to putting together his next album, which had been slated to arrives sometime in 2019.
In addition to the accident, Boyd was severely overweight, which was creating even more significant health problems for him.
At the time of his death, Boyd was suffering from several different diseases, mostly related to his weight.
Boyd first arrived on the music scene when he won Season 3 of “America’s Got Talent.”
Unlike most singers we see on these shows, Boyd was at his best singing operas.
In fact, he used the same song, “Nessun Dorma” to win the finals as he did to win his audition space on the show.
After winning the show, Boyd was awarded a $1 million record contract and a headline act in Las Vegas.
In addition to his music career, Boyd took his shot at public office.
In 2012, he ran as a Republican for a Missouri congressional seat, but was defeated by Democrat Steve Hodges.
He ran again in 2014, but never made it past the primary.
Prior to his death, Boyd expressed interest in trying once more to win a congressional seat in his home state.