Boyd, who appeared in season 3 of the U.S. talent competition, passed away in Sikeston, Missouri home. Neal passed around 6 PM, and adds no autopsy will be done. His post-Talent career included an album, My American Dream, and performances for multiple US presidents.
Last year Neal and his mother Esther were involved in a near-fatal auto crash when the vehicle he was driving hit two trees. They'd been slowly recovering since then.
He also bagged the talent contest's $1 million prize as well as a Las Vegas residency at the time. "It was my mom who really kept the family together".More news: At least 25 dead as volcano erupts in Guatemala
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Known as "The Voice of Missouri", Neal's hometown has now marked October 2008 as "Neal E. Boyd month". "[Recovery is] a very slow progress". He released the album "My American Dream" in 2009 and performed at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Piers said: "You know Neal, as you began to sing, I think the whole audience felt electricity on the stage".
The Missouri native noted that "it just feels like something great is about to happen once I get back on my feet and back in front of the audience again".
"Just be grateful that you survived", he continued.