Zuri Craig, 44, of Beverly Hills, died of complications from the flu

‘America’s Got Talent’ finalist and Tyler Perry player Zuri Craig dies at 44

Tyler Perry, left, plays his role as the boy who became the star of “Bling Ring,” a comedy he wrote with Scott Hornbacher, right. Craig, left, and Perry in the TV show “Bling Ring,” both directed by Hornbacher. (AP)

Tyler Perry took his talents to Hollywood in a big way.

The “Diary of A Wimpy Kid” and “Madea’s Family Reunion” star, 45, was introduced this week to an even longer life of acting talent.

Zuri Craig, an up-and-coming actor who earned an Emmy for his role in the series “America’s Got Talent,” died Wednesday at home in Beverly Hills of complications from the flu. He was 44.

The death of Craig occurred just three days after he had been diagnosed with the virus.

The cause of death was not disclosed.

Craig had been diagnosed with the virus just a day before his big night on the show, the NBC late-night “America’s Got Talent.” He was the finalist and was eliminated last week.

Craig appeared in two episodes of “The Book of Mormon,” in 2009, and he starred in two episodes of the Disney Channel’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” show.

His most recent movie roles were in the independent films “Dying to Get It” and “The Last Night of Summer.” He was also a regular on the TV variety show “Shameless” and starred in the sitcom “Marlon Wayans and Jonny Lee Miller.”

The actor’s talent can be seen in his big screen debut in the 2008 film “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.”

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