Zuri Craig, who participated in the 10th season of America’s Got Talent in 2015, died at the age of 44 of Friday. 

Confirming his death, his family paid shared a tribute post on his official ZoReMi Entertainment page.

“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 cause of death is not known. 

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Who was Zuri Craig?

Zuri Craig was born in Metropolitan Washington, DC, on July 20, 1978. He started singing at the age of 9. His love for music grew over the years, prompting him to audition for the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. 

He was accepted and offered a solo in the high school talent show. He performed Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” at the show and was awarded membership in the high school choir. He soon became the lead singer and the group went on to sing at several events across the DC Metro area. 

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After high school, Craig joined Clark Atlanta University (CAU) and participated in a talent show in his freshmen year. He met his singing partner Jeffery Lewis at the event. 

They formed the CraigLewis Band right after the talent show and used YouTube to broadcast their talent. 

Tyler Perry saw their YouTube channel in 2009 and asked them join his new play “Madea’s Big Happy Family.” They performed multiple shows and also appeared on the The Oprah Winfrey Show.

The duo participated in the 10th season of America’s Got Talent and finished the competition in 5th place.