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Death of producer Carl Craig prompts wave of tributes

Bruno Cooke January 10, 2022
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Friends, fellow artists and fans have paid tribute to the late producer Carl Craig following news of his passing yesterday – how old was he and what do we know about the cause of death?

Tributes follow news of the death of film and television producer Carl Craig

Actor and writer Robert Townsend paid tribute to the late producer Carl Craig earlier today, describing him as one of his oldest friends.

He also sent prayers to Craig’s wife, daughters and family.

Film-maker Blaak Richardson wrote that Carl Craig was a “big part of my early career in the US”, an “absolute character”, and a “mainstay of Black Hollywood”.

Tributes came from elsewhere, too: from mentee Johanie Taylor, Rob Morrow, and collaborator King David.

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Who was Carl Craig? Age and career explored

Note: this article is about the writer, actor and producer Carl Craig, not the electronic music producer and DJ. The latter is a 52-year-old techno pioneer from Detroit, Michigan, and the founder of record label Planet E Communications.

Carl Craig the producer, pictured below, attended the University of Rochester from 1972 to 1976, according to his LinkedIn profile, meaning his age at time of death was likely 68 – assuming he started university at 18.

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Carl Craig has 27 producing credits, per IMDB, the most recent being TV special Death To 2020. The last decade saw him produce 12 episodes of American Soul, 47 episodes of Real Husbands Of Hollywood, and five of Da Jammies, among other projects.

What do we know about Carl Craig’s cause of death?

Carl Craig’s cause of death has yet to be made public.

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More than one website mentions covid-19 as a possible cause but, without confirmation from the family, it remains unclear. It is also worth noting that several articles purporting to be about the death of Carl Craig the producer actually conflate the identities of him and the Detroit musician.

Primarily as a producer – but also as an actor and writer – Craig has been ever busy since the mid to late 1980s. His longest hiatus between projects has been just four years.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or