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Former “America’s Got Talent” and “The Voice” contestant Nolan Neal has died. He was 41 years old.
“The Voice” confirmed Neal’s passing on Twitter. “We are heartbroken over the passing of Nolan Neal,” their statement began.
“His incredible talent will always be remembered. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends during this time.”
According to TMZ, Neal was found dead in his Nashville apartment on Monday. The star’s cause of death has not been shared.
Dylan Seals, Neal’s cousin, confirmed the star’s passing in a statement to People where he shared that the musician “ultimately succumbed to his battle with drug addiction.”
“He was a born artist and it was obvious to all of us from an early age. He blew us all away with his incredibly powerful voice and songwriting,” Seals told the outlet.
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Seals added: “He was always open and honest about this struggle. He was a loving father and son. A beacon to all who knew him. My heart goes out to his two children and his mother Cathy. ”
Neal was open about his struggle with drug addiction in an interview with WBIR in 2020. “I remember I got clean in 2010; on May 15, I went to rehab. Stayed clean,” he said. at the time.
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“I joined the rock band Hinder, they were all about drinking and partying. It’s not their fault. I had decided that I wanted to drink like a normal person. I remember trying to be normal and fit in. I remember going to a bar and ordering a drink. I tried to hide it. I remember pretending to be normal. I was just lying to myself. -even, telling me that I could control it.
Neal admitted he ‘lost’ his way while competing on ‘The Voice’ and continued to drink, but eventually found a way to stay sober.
“I have found happiness helping others recover,” he said. “I found a way to be happy without the things I thought made me happy before.”
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Neal starred in “The Voice” during season 10 in 2016. His rendition of the Incubus song “Drive” earned him a spot on Adam Levine’s team, but he was ultimately eliminated from the competition.
In 2020, Neal returned to the game show world and appeared on the 15th season of “America’s Got Talent”. He auditioned with his song, titled “Lost”, but was ultimately eliminated by the judges in the quarter-finals.