Zuri Craig, one half of the Craig Lewis Band of ‘America’s Got Talent’, and known for working with Tyler Perry, has passed away at the age of 44
Zuri Craig, who was a former contestant on “America’s Got Talent” and had previously collaborated with notable figures such as Tyler Perry, passed away.
On Sunday, his family shared the sad news that he had passed away by publishing a memorial message on Zuri’s official ZoReMi Entertainment page and wrote… “It is with the deepest sorrow that we inform you of the passing of our cherished son, brother, and friend, Zuri Craig,”
They carried on… “We would want to offer our thanks in advance for your prayers. Please respect our need for privacy during this terrible period of bereavement.” They report that he passed away on Friday; however, the reason for his passing has not been made public; yet, additional information appears to be on the way.
It’s believed that Craig is most recognized for his performance on the American version of “America’s Got Talent” in 2015, when he and his singing partner, Jeffrey Lewis, won the competition after wowing the panel of judges as well as the viewers at home.
They started off strong by singing along to James Brown’s “This Is a Man’s World,” and later on they performed Mary J. Blige’s “I’m Goin’ Down,” which earned them a gold buzzer from Michael Buble. Despite having a hell of a run, they came in fifth place overall, despite having gone a decent distance.
But even before that, Craig was already mingling with certain A-listers in Hollywood, including TP, who recognized Lewis and him from YouTube covers they were doing as early as 2009. Craig was given a job on several of Tyler’s “Madea” plays as a result.
Madea’s Big Happy Family, Madea Gets a Job, and A Madea Christmas are some of the movies in which Craig has had starring or supporting roles. In the early 2010s, both he and Lewis made an appearance on the talk show ‘Oprah.’
Throughout the years, he has also contributed to a number of podcasts and other shows. He was even scheduled to stage a live performance in Atlanta called “Soul Food Live” beginning the following month… with advertisements already being made and the cast already being recruited. Zuri was 44.