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America's Got Talent Finalist Zuri Craig Has Passed Away

He was 44 years old.  

By Jackie Manno
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America’s Got Talent finalist Zuri Craig has passed away at the age of 44, news broke in October. 

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"It is with profound sadness that we announce the transition of our beloved son, brother, and friend, Zuri Craig,” a statement from Craig's family reads. "We thank you in advance for your prayers. Please honor our privacy at this unimaginable time of mourning."

Craig rose to fame on AGT’s 10th season as part of a singing duo with Jeffrey Lewis. Their Atlanta-based group was called the Craig Lewis Band, and they went on to achieve fifth place on the show in 2015. There, the singers impressed the Judges with renditions of “This Is a Man’s World” by James Brown and “I’m Goin’ Down” by Mary J. Blige, receiving a Golden Buzzer from Guest Judge Michael Bublé. Before fame, the Craig Lewis Band performed on Oprah in 2010.

Other projects that Craig has worked on include multiple collaborations with Tyler Perry. He appeared onscreen for films like Madea’s Big Happy Family in 2011 and A Madea Christmas that same year. He also used his singing talents to provide vocals for the film Madea Gets a Job in 2013. Craig recently worked on a web series titled Black Hollywood Atlanta and was set to produce a live show in Georgia called Soul Food Live in November 2022.

Rest in peace, Zuri.

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