Simon Cowell Speaks Out on ‘Voice,’ AGT Contestant Who Died


Simon Cowell

Reality TV stalwart Simon Cowell is mourning the loss of “The Voice” and “America’s Got Talent” contestant Nolan Neal, who died suddenly on July 19 in Nashville, Tennessee, which was first reported by TMZ.

Here is what the singing competition show judge said about Neal’s untimely death:

Simon Cowell Said ‘You’re Never Prepared’ For Something Like This

Speaking to People at a taping of “America’s Got Talent,” Cowell spoke at length about Neal, who was a contestant on season 11 of “The Voice” and season 15 of “America’s Got Talent.” Cowell said that every time someone is gone too soon, “it’s horrible” and “hard.”

“Unfortunately, it happens too much over the years. I was thinking about this the other day. People [who] passed too soon. Every time it happens, because you’ve gotten to know them, it’s horrible,” said Cowell, adding, “At that moment, it’s like, ‘What can I say?’ The unfortunate thing is it’s happened too many times and every time it happens, it’s hard.”

He also mentioned the death of “America’s Got Talent” contestant Nightbirde, who died in February 2022 after a battle with cancer, according to TMZ.

Of that death and Neal’s, Cowell said, “After the last three years, it’s been tough. And then, you think everything’s okay and then something hits you like a story like that and it’s hard. But all I can say is, what I’ve learned from this, is that you just take every day as it is and you try and stay positive, you try and stay healthy. That’s it. I mean, I was talking about this to someone earlier on, you’re never prepared for these days.”

Neal’s Children Set Up a GoFundMe Because He Didn’t Have Life Insurance or Savings

Following Neal’s death, his daughter Caylin