Dylan Seals, Nolan Neal’s cousin, revealed to PEOPLE that the late musician “finally succumbed to his struggle with substance usage.” Neal, a former America’s Got Talent, and The Voice competitor has died. He was 41.

The local medical examiner’s office verified to TMZ that the Nashville-based musician died on Monday. Seals also told the news source that the TV celebrity was discovered dead in his apartment.

Nolan Neal Death, Obituary, Cause of Death, Funeral Service
Nolan Neal Death, Obituary, Cause of Death, Funeral Service

The Medical Examiner’s Office in Nashville has yet to respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment, but the late musician’s cousin described him as “one of the most gifted people” he’s ever encountered in the entertainment field.

Neal rose to prominence as a competitor on The Voice’s 15th season, which aired in 2016. His audition performance of “Drive” by Incubus earned him a seat on Adam Levine’s team. But he was eventually knocked out of the competition.

Neal went on to participate in America’s Got Talent in 2020, about four years later. He auditioned with a song he wrote called “Lost.” He was later eliminated in the Quarterfinals Judges’ Choice segment.

Nolan Neal Cause of Death

The specific reason for Neal’s death is unknown at this time. Dylan Seals, Neal’s cousin, told PEOPLE that he “ultimately succumbed to his fight with substance usage.”

Nolan Neal Funeral Service

There is currently no scheduled date for the funeral of Nolan Neal as he passed away in the early hours of today.

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