Scott Alexander, the magician who made it to the quarter-finals on season 6 of America’s Got Talent in 2011, died at the age of 52. Scott’s wife, Jenny Alexander, announced his tragic passing on Instagram Feb. 6. “I lost my husband yesterday. My kids lost their father,” Jenny wrote, alongside photos of the couple with their three children. “He suffered a stroke while working on a cruise ship in St Kitts and did not make it home to us,” Jenny revealed. “We are shattered. Please hold us in your prayers. ❤️.”
Scott was one of the most memorable contestants on season 6 of AGT. In his audition, he made his wife Jenny (also his assistant) appear out of thin air and then levitate with water. Judges Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, and Howie Mandel were so impressed with Scott’s audition and he moved onto the next round.
Scott was eventually eliminated in the quarterfinals after he performed an illusion where a gospel choir disappeared and then reappeared. The winner of that season was jazz singer Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. After AGT, Scott appeared on season 2 of Penn & Teller: Fool Us, the magic competition series created by Penn Jillette and Teller.
Sadly, Scott’s not the first AGT alum to pass away. Most recently, season 15 contestant Nolan Neal died of “acute combined drug toxicity” at the age of 41 in July 2022. Nolan was found dead in his apartment in Nashville. The cause of death was revealed three months later.
In Dec. 2021, season 8 contestant Skilyr Hicks died at the age of 23. It was reported that Skilyr passed away of a possible drug overdose, though that was never confirmed. It’s been such a tragedy that multiple America’s Got Talent contestants have died in the last couple years.
Source link Hollywood Life sadly reports that Scott Alexander, an acclaimed magician from season four of ‘America’s Got Talent,’ has died at the age of 52.
The news comes from Alexander’s official Facebook page, which was updated Monday (May 31) with a somber farewell that read in part, “Scott Alexander was an incredible performer, a teacher, and a creative force in the magic community. He passed away on May 30, 2021, surrounded and supported by close family and friends. We thank everyone for their love and support.”
Alexander, who was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, applied to be on AGT in 2008 at age 40 and quickly became a fan favorite. During an interview with the Miami Herald, he said “I never felt so welcomed or accepted by an audience; the results from that night still amaze me.”
His audition tape has garnered an astounding seven million YouTube views, and when Alexander got the golden buzzer, he went on to compete in the semi-finals.
The late magician was described by the Herald as “the kind of person for whom the word ‘magician’ was invented. He was larger than life, with an uncanny ability to make people both laugh and marvel from the moment he walked into a room.”
Alexander introduced a range of different illusions throughout his career, many of which had never been seen before.
He is survived by his wife, Tyler Alexander, who wrote on Facebook that her husband “was taken too soon leaving an immense hole in my heart and the hearts of his friends and fans.”
Friends, family, and fans of Scott Alexander have taken to Twitter to pay their respects and share memories of the late magician.
The magic community, and entertainment industry as a whole, has lost an incredible and inspirational talent, and he will be dearly missed.