Death of producer Carl Craig prompts wave of tributes

Bruno Cooke January 10, 2022
Death of producer Carl Craig prompts wave of tributes
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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 Cooke has been a freelance journalist since 2019, primarily with GRV Media. He was an early contributor to The Focus, and has written for HITC, Groundviews and the Sheffield University newspaper – he earned his MA in Global Journalism there in 2021. He’s the Spoken Word Poetry Editor for The Friday Poem, and self-published his debut novel Reveries in 2019, which his mum called both a “fine read” and “excellent Christmas present”. Bruno has lived in China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines and likes, among other things: bicycle touring, black and white Japanese films, pub quizzes, fermentation and baklava. In 2023, Bruno will set off with his partner on a round-the-world cycle.