Former ‘America’s Got Talent’ finalist Zuri Craig dies at 44
Zuri Craig, one of three remaining judges when the television talent series “America’s Got Talent” announced last fall that it was ending, died Wednesday night. Craig, 44, had battled a rare kidney disease since early last year, his family announced. The following post is from the family.
In a statement released by the Craig family, the family said: “This morning our hearts are breaking for Zuri’s family. Zuri was an amazing father to his three children, a loving husband to his loving wife, and a loving best friend to all who he came in contact with. Zuri’s life changed forever one day last January when he was diagnosed with acute kidney failure. He was in the hospital fighting for his life and we were told he had 14 days until he would pass — the exact number of days he had left until he would pass.”
“His doctors were able to give him a few more days, but unfortunately it was not enough to get him through the next few months. When he was finally home, we were told that his kidneys were failing quickly and there was nothing more that could be done. Even more tragically, a long battle with kidney cancer was beginning to take hold. His kidneys were failing. His doctor said it was a miracle he was still here. His life was being turned over by disease. There was nothing more that could be done. Zuri continued to fight. He remained positive and positive.
“Zuri made all of his closest family and friends feel like his world was forever changing every day. He was a big, kind, funny man full of life who left this earth much too young. As he made his last days here he said to us all ‘I love you all.’ He was truly a loving and beautiful soul. A perfect family