Mr. Boyd won the network TV show and its $1 million prize in 2008.
Boyd was found unresponsive by his mother at her Sikestown, Mo., home and was pronounced dead at 6:26 p.m. Boyd's high-profile win was so iconic for his hometown that it constituted Sikeston to rebrand October 2008 as "Neal E. Boyd month".
Boyd announced on his official Facebook page in May that he was raising money to record a new album and said he was still recovering from a near-fatal 2017 auto accident.
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My American Dream reached No. 3 in the Top Classical Albums Chart, although it debuted at No. 195 on the Billboard 200 in its first week. "[Recovery is] a very slow progress".
The opera singer also ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for a southeast Missouri House of Representatives seat.
"You never know what's going to happen next".
"I want to thank everyone who has taken part in helping Neal and I recover especially the first responders st francis medical center all the doctors and staff both in cape and st louis the air evac team and every one who has sent messages and posts [sic]", Esther wrote on her Facebook shortly after the auto accident.