‘AGT’ Golden Buzzer Recipient Zuri Craig of The CraigLewis Band Passes Away at 44 Years Old

Zuri Craig and Jeffery Lewis of The CraigLewis Band on the 'America's Got Talent' red carpet, Zuri Craig at Nick Cannon Rocks for St. Mary's Kids EventPhoto by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images, Photo by Matthew Eisman/WireImage

America’s Got Talent Finalist Zuri Craig, known as a part of The CraigLewis Band, has sadly passed away. The AGT alum’s family confirmed his passing through a tribute post on his official entertainment page. The sudden passing came as a shock to fans, who are currently wondering what caused such an unfortunate event.


Zuri Craig Passes Away at The Age of 44

Many remember the singer as part of the duo The CraigLewis Band, formed by Zuri Craig and Jeffery Lewis. After their successful audition, The CraigLewis Band earned a Golden Buzzer from guest judge Michael Bublé in the season ten Judge Cuts. Following the Golden Buzzer, the band continually impressed Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, and Mel B throughout the weeks of the 2015 competition. After placing fifth overall on the show, the band gained a substantial number of fans.

According to Craig’s family, he passed away on Friday, October 21, 2022. The announcement came as an Instagram tribute post, which honors Craig’s life.

“It is with profound sadness that we announce the transition of our beloved son, brother and friend,” Craig’s family wrote. “We thank you in advance for your prayers. Please honor our privacy at this unimaginable time of mourning.”


Apart from AGT, Craig has also worked on multiple Tyler Perry films such as A Madea Christmas and Madea Gets a Job. This singer had quite the career, so he will be remembered for generations to come.

How Did He Die?

The singer’s cause of death remains a mystery as of now. Fans expect a cause of death announcement in the coming months. At this time, Craig’s family remains private about his cause of death.

As far as the media is concerned, the singer was not suffering from any chronic illness or disease. This fact would further raise questions on why the sudden passing happened, with most fans speculating that a tragic accident was the cause.


Multiple online reports also claim that the singer met his unfortunate end in a car accident and died of his injuries. These claims should be taken with a grain of salt, since there has been no official announcement or police records to confirm claims.

Fans Express Sadness Towards Craig’s Passing

In light of the singer’s recent and sudden passing, fans and close friends have expressed their sympathies on social media. They paid their tributes to Craig’s career and past achievements in the music and movie industries.

Close friend and Craig’s collaborator on AGT Brandon Andrew has shared his deep sadness for the event. Craig’s production manager Patrick Mays said the singer will be dearly missed. His band partner, Lewis is also heartbroken after losing his friend.

“yesterday I lost my brother, my friend. I am broken, completely devastated,” Lewis wrote. “I love you more than words can express. The CraigLewis Band Forever! Rest In Peace My Friend.”

Well-loved by his family, friends and fans, Craig’s career will forever be remembered. Various tributes have been shared, including one from America’s Got Talent. On Monday, October 24, the show posted “The AGT family is saddened to learn about the passing of Zuri Craig. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends,” via social media.

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