Tragic news from both the world of television and music:
Nolan Neal, an artist who appeared on both America’s Got Talent and The Voice, died Monday in Nashville, Tennessee.
He was 41 years old.
According to TMZ, the singer’s roommate called 911 After finding Neal’s body in the bedroom of his apartment.
Authorities tell the website that a guitar pick that “appeared to contain powder residue” was also found nearby.
Investigators are still awaiting the full results of the singer’s autopsy, but sources say Neal struggled with substance abuse.
Dylan Seals, the late musician’s cousin, called his loved one “one of the most talented people” he’s ever met in the entertainment industry, telling People Magazine:
“He was a natural born entertainer and that was clear to all of us from an early age. He blew us all away with his incredibly powerful vocals and songwriting.
“Working with him in the studio was awe-inspiring.
“The speed at which he could write, arrange and record the basics of a song was legendary. He was pure creative energy. He put everything he had into the music.
“He sang from the depths of his soul. Thinking about this morning, his tortured soul was probably crying. Music was life or death to him. It was everything.”
Nolan appeared on season 15 of America’s Got Talent in 2020.
He advanced to the quarterfinals after opening his first audition since losing his record deal due to addiction.
“I’m celebrating hard,” Neal said on TV about his response to that deal being pulled.
“Pretty soon I started to get out of control because I thought I was a rock star. I went to New York to record my record and I just remember not being able to sing because I was so messed up.
“The label decided to drop me.”
Meanwhile, Neal also competed as a contestant on The Voice season 15 in 2016.
Her audition performance of the Incubus song “Drive” allowed her to land a spot on Adam Levine’s team, though she was eventually eliminated from the series.
“I remember getting clean in 2010; May 15 went to rehab. Stay clean,” Neal told WBIR in 2020.
“I joined the rock band Hinder, they were all about drinking and partying. This is 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 the bar and ordering a drink. I tried to hide it. I remember acting normal. I just lied to myself, telling myself I could control it.”
In the end, Seals told People magazine that she was “saddened” to learn that Neal “finally succumbed to his battle with substance abuse,” summing up his cousin:
“He was always open and honest about this fight.
“He was a loving father and son. A light to all who knew him.
“My heart goes out to his two children and his mother Cathy.”
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