Zuri Craig, a vocalist who competed on season 10 of America’s Got Talent and had roles in several Tyler Perry plays, has died at age 44.
Craig passed away on Friday, his family said on his ZoReMi Entertainment Instagram account.
“It is with profound sadness that we announce the transition of our beloved son, brother and friend, Zuri Craig,” the family wrote in a Sunday post. “We thank you in advance for your prayers. Please honor our privacy during this unimaginable time of mourning.”
The cause of death was not disclosed. More details will be shared at a later date, the family said.
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Craig and his singing partner Jeffrey Lewis, known as the CraigLewis Band, competed on AGT in 2015. The duo impressed the judges with a rendition of Mary J. Blige’s “I’m Goin’ Down.” They received a Golden Buzzer from Michael Bublé, sending them straight through to Radio City Music Hall, and placed fifth that season.
Lewis posted a tribute to Craig Sunday on the band’s Instagram page.
“I lost my brother, my friend. I am broken, completely devastated. I love you more than words can express. The CraigLewis Band Forever! Rest In Peace My Friend,” he wrote.
Craig was born in Washington, DC and began singing in the church.
Tyler Perry saw a YouTube video of Atlanta-based CraigLewis in 2009, and asked them to join his play “Madea’s Big Happy Family.”
Craig also performed in “Madea Gets a Job” and “A Madea Christmas.”
Watch the CraigLewis Band perform on NBC’s America’s Got Talent below: