Zuri Craig, “America’s Got Talent” Finalist Who Played in Tyler Perry Stage Productions, Dies at 44

Zuri Craig of the CraigLewis Band performs at the 2015 Nick Cannon Rocks for St. Mary’s Kids event in New York.(Matthew Eisman / WireImage)

Zuri Craig, a former “America’s Got Talent” finalist who worked on multiple Tyler Perry productions, died Friday at age 44, his family announced Sunday.

In a statement shared on social media by Craig’s longtime singing partner, Jeffery Lewis, and others, the musician’s family remembered him as a “beloved son, brother and friend.”

“We thank you in advance for your prayers,” the statement read. “Please honor our privacy during this unimaginable time of mourning.”

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Craig’s cause of death has not been disclosed. Craig’s production company, Zo Re Mi Entertainment, did not immediately respond Monday to a request for comment.

Craig and Lewis competed together in 2015 on the 10th season of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” as the CraigLewis Band. On the show, the musical act from Atlanta performed powerful renditions of hits by James Brown, Mary J. Blige, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and Madcon, finishing in fifth place.

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SOURCE: LA Times, Christi Carras

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