Heartbreaking news just in, actor and poet, Craig 'muMs' Grant, has tragically died aged just 52.
Rest in peace.
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Craig 'muMs' Grant has died aged 52.
The iconic actor and poet tragically passed away just a few days ago.
He was best known for his role on HBO's prison drama Oz.
We are shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Craig “muMs” Grant. muMs was a mainstay of the theater scene particularly with our friends at LAByrinth, and we were fortunate enough to have him on our stages on many occasions over the years.— The Public Theater (@PublicTheaterNY) March 25, 2021
The hit TV show was set at the fictional men's prison, the Oswald State Correctional Facility.
Hence the prison's nickname and show's title, Oz.
The show itself centres around the prison's, Emerald City, where prisoner's are not merely punished but rather rehabilitated.
It's an experimental unit.
Where under the watch of McManus and Warden Leo Glynn, inmates attempt to fulfil their own needs.
Some of them fight for power..
Whereas others just want to survive and hopefully see the outside world once again.
The show focusses around McManus' attempts to control the inmates in Em City.
And despite often being graphic and brutal, the show was often incredibly funny...
Grant made many appearances on TV.
RIP CRAIG muMs GRANT. AKA POET AKA MUMS DA SCHEMER. Honor to have worked with you, even if briefly. You were Special: https://t.co/2l2Xj44Qjn— SAFDIE (@JOSH_BENNY) March 25, 2021
But following the tragic news of his early death, many are remembering him for his role on Oz.
He played the poet, aptly named Poet.
Deep Sigh. Rest In Peace To The Brilliant Actor, Poet & Otherworldly Talented Craig "muMs" SirmuMsila Grant; Peace Eternal 🙏🏾💔😢🎭🕊... https://t.co/m96kijGc9W— Carolyn Punter (@CarolynPunter) March 26, 2021
As you can probably expect, on the show he was often reciting poetry in Em City.
But he wasn't only remembered for this role.
He's also remembered for his role as Cash Jackson in Spike Lee's, She's Gotta Have It.
Grant was filming for the Starz series, Hightown, at the time of his death.
And he was expected to travel to Atlanta next week to film his appearances for BET series All the Queens Men.
Grant's representatives confirmed his death.
They did so with an emotional statement calling him a "deeply talented writer and actor."
The statement reads:
Rest In Peace my G.— Kwesttha... (@KwestThaMaddLad) March 25, 2021
Craig muMs Grant. pic.twitter.com/bVciqfWXS3
We are heartbroken over the loss of one of the most genuine, caring, loving souls we have ever had the pleasure of representing.
"Craig was more than our client, he was our dear friend. We all just lost a phenomenal man."
RIP Craig muMs Grant, the accomplished poet, performer + writer featured in everything from OZ to BAMBOOZLED to LUKE CAGE. Grant was also a member of New York's storied LAByrinth Theater Company + a part of the Nuyorican Poetry Slam Team.— The Black List (@theblcklst) March 26, 2021
Thanks for all you shared with us, muMs. pic.twitter.com/qi0QPgHaYv
His death was also confirmed by The LAByrinth Theater where Grant often worked.
R.I.P. to laureate extraordinaire Craig "Mums the Schemer" Grant. It was an honor to get to have SO many great conversations with you. To see you perform your poetry. And to share your energy. My heart goes out to your family. Rest in Peace and Respect my brother. 😔🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/6BHIrCx4LU— JD Williams (@JDWilliamsEnt) March 25, 2021
The LAByrinth Theater family is deeply saddened to share the news of the unexpected loss of Craig 'muMs' Grant.
"We'll forever miss our friend, brother, LAB member, Emcee, mentor, poet, actor, spoken-word giant, and fire-breathing teddy bear."
Craig “muMs da Schemer” Grant— Kirk Acevedo🇺🇸 (@kirkacevedo) March 25, 2021
has passed away.
My brother from OZ,
I spent too much time with this man onset. Too many amazing stories.
An incredible poet.❤️
This is heartbreaking.
God Bless U my brotha.
U will be missed. #RestInPeace#KidVicious🙏🏼https://t.co/lfQZIx0sZM
muMs' presence, performances, and words inspired a generation. His legacy will live on, from the Bronx and into the beyond.
" Keep rocking the mic, Schemer!"
They concluded their emotional message with Grant's birth and death dates: "12/18/1968 - 03/24/2021."
Writer, Kevin Powell, was another who praised Grant.
I am just speechless right now. Any of us who came up in New York poetry/spoken word scene of 1990s or 2000s know name Craig “Mums” Grant. Got word this morning he passed while making a film or tv project in ATL. Mums was mad gifted with words, and acting, and more. HUGE LOSS. pic.twitter.com/UXDRAxFi9y— Kevin Powell (@kevin_powell) March 25, 2021
I am just speechless right now. Any of us who came up in New York poetry/spoken word scene of 1990s or 2000s know name Craig "Mums" Grant. Got word this morning he passed while making a film or tv project in ATL. Mums was mad gifted with words, and acting, and more. HUGE LOSS.
Other colleagues and fans praised Grant as a 'genius'.
It seems the world has truly lost a true artist in the death of Craig muMs Grant.
At the time of writing no cause of death has been reported.
Tremendously sad to hear news of the death of my friend Craig "Mums" Grant, a gifted performer and a fine human being. Mums was a memorable and touching St. Peter in "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot," and in real life was kind, thoughtful and quick-witted.— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) March 25, 2021
May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/Q4Yi8GDIdz
And the acting world continues to mourn his early loss.
Rest in peace.
Our hearts go out to family and friends of the late Craig “muMs” Grant. muMs played a key role in our community for many years as a writer and performer, returning to our stages as recently as last year with multiple #24viralmonologues. We join you in grieving this great loss.❤️ pic.twitter.com/9gYrsnJAsJ— The 24 Hour Plays® (@24HourPlays) March 25, 2021
Our thoughts go out to Grant's family and friends during this hard time.