Talented singer and artist Zuri Craig, who has worked alongside Tyler Perry and entertained the audience on “America’s Got Talent,” died at the age of 44, Friday.
Craig’s family confirmed his death on social media Sunday alongside a tribute on his ZoReMi Entertainment page. “It is with profound sadness that we announce the transition of our beloved son, brother and friend, Zuri Craig,” his family wrote to Instagram. The announcement the addressed Craig’s many fans. “We thank you in advance for your prayers. Please honor our privacy at this unimaginable time of mourning.” His cause of death has not been revealed at this time.
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Craig’s family added that additional details surrounding Craig’s death would follow, according to the Instagram post.
They called his birthday his “Sunrise,” listing the date as July 20, 1978. His date of death was posted as his “Sunset,” which was dated October 21, 2022.
A series of edited images outlining the many moments in Craig’s successful music career was posted as the image and the caption read, “Please keep our family and friends in your prayers. More info forthcoming… 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 #RIPZuriCraig.”
Fans and loved ones quickly populated the star’s comment section on this Instagram page, sharing feelings or dismay and sadness alongside warm messages of condolences. (RELATED: Tyler Perry Fired His Accountants After Discovering The IRS Owed Him $9 Million)
‘America’s Got Talent’ finalist Zuri Craig dead at 44 https://t.co/RLEfnWjqFw pic.twitter.com/j249wLBgZn
— New York Post (@nypost) October 24, 2022
Craig is remembered fondly for his contributions to the hit reality show “America’s Got Talent” in 2015, where he mesmerized audiences by singing alongside his singing partner, Jeffrey Lewis. The duo’s performance was so impressive that they received a gold buzzer from Michael Buble, according to TMZ.
Craig worked closely with Hollywood heavyweight Tyler Perry on some “Madea” plays, including “Madea’s Big Happy Family, “Madea Gets a Job,” and “A Madea Christmas,” according to TMZ.
During the course of his career, Craig also appeared on Oprah, and worked on a series of podcasts and live shows. He was poised to produce a live production in Atlanta called “Soul Food Live,” in November.
His family has promised more information in the days to come.