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  • The actor who played Arnold "Poet" Jackson in "Oz" has died 
  • LAByrinth Theater Company announced the demise
  • Kirk Acevedo mourned the loss of the actor

Actor and poet Craig Grant, who was popularly known as "muMs da Schemer" passed away at the age of 52 Wednesday. The cause of his death has not been revealed yet.

The actor worked in a popular TV series "Oz" that ran from 1997 to 2003 on HBO, which featured Grant in a prisoner's character who is addicted to heroin and often recites poetry to fellow prisoners. Besides his character role of Arnold "Poet" Jackson on HBO's "Oz," Grant was also a member of LAByrinth Theater Company that issued a statement to announce his demise.

"The LAByrinth Theater family is deeply saddened to share the news of the unexpected loss of Craig ‘muMs’ Grant," the theater's official Instagram handle posted. "We’ll forever miss our friend, brother, LAB member, Emcee, mentor, poet, actor, spoken-word giant, and fire-breathing teddy bear."

"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!," the post concluded. "12/18/1968 - 03/24/2021 . Photo by @monique.carboni."

He was currently filming a television series, "Hightown" that airs on Starz network and "All the Queen's Men" for the BET+ network. Kirk Acevedo, who worked with the actor in "Oz" took Twitter on Wednesday to mourn the loss.

"Craig “muMs da Schemer” Grant has passed away. My brother from OZ, I spent too much time with this man onset. Too many amazing stories," Acevedo tweeted. "An incredible poet.Red heart. This is heartbreaking. God Bless U my brotha. U will be missed."

Writer Jorge Rivera also tweeted, "He was a friend, a brother, a mentor, a confidant, a cheerleader, a collaborator, and a spirit guide. There will never be another like him. I’m absolutely gutted."

Film and TV producer, Franklin Leonard also praised Grant's poetry writing skills. "One of the first poets I ever saw at the Nuyorican during my first ever summer in New York. This one cuts deep. Damn," he said in a tweet.

Grant also worked with celebrated filmmakers such as Spike Lee in movies like "Bamboozled" and "BlacKkKlansman." The actor also worked in the Netflix comedy series, "She's Gotta Have It" and played Cash Jackson's character for two seasons.

Grant also appeared in movies like the crime thriller, "Good Time" released in 2017, "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" released in 2014, and "Side Effects" released in 2013.

gettyimages-861787108_720 Craig muMs Grant aka muMs the Schemer Photo: Getty Images