Tyler Perry Collaborator, ‘AGT’ Finalist Zuri Craig Dead at 44

Zuri Craig, who once wowed on “America’s Got Talent,” and collaborated with people like Tyler Perry, has passed away. He was only 44 years old.

Zuri’s family posted a tribute on his official ZoReMi Entertainment page on Sunday, confirming his demise. “It is with profound sadness that we announce the transition of our beloved son, brother and friend, Zuri Craig,” the post read.

“We thank you in advance for your prayers. Please honor our privacy at this unimaginable time of mourning.”

The family noted that he passed away on Friday and the cause of his death has not yet been disclosed, but more details appear to be on the way.

Craig is well known for his appearance on “AGT” in 2015, when he and his singing partner, Jeffrey Lewis, won the competition after wowing both the judges and the viewers. They started off strong by singing along to James Brown’s “This Is a Man’s World,” and after covering Mary J. Blige’s “I’m Goin’ Down,” they received a gold buzzer from Michael Buble. They had an excellent run but ultimately finished in fifth place overall.

But even before that, Craig was already interacting with some A-listers in Hollywood, including Tyler Perry, who noticed him and Lewis from YouTube covers they did as early as 2009. Craig was given a job on several of Tyler’s “Madea” plays as a result.

Our sincere condolences go out to the family. May his soul rest in peace. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.

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