The rapper was one half of the 1990s hip-hop duo
Chris Kelly of ’90s rap duo Kriss Kross has died aged 34.
According to the BBC, officials said that Kelly had been found “unresponsive” at his home in Atlanta on Wednesday night (May 1) and transported to Atlanta Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. There was no official confirmation of the cause of death. An autopsy is due to be held today (May 2). Cpl Kay Lester, a spokesperson for the Fulton County police, told AP: “It appears it may have been a possible drug overdose.”
Kris Kross – who were famous for wearing their clothes backwards – was made up of Kelly, aka ‘Mac Daddy’, and Chris ‘Daddy Mac’ Smith. Their biggest hit was their 1992 album ‘Totally Krossed Out’ and the multi-million selling single ‘Jump’.
The duo last performed in February to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def label that signed them. The duo were just 13 years old when they were discovered in a shopping mall in Atlanta.
A joint statement released by So So Def and Kelly’s mother, Donna Kelly Pratte read: “It is with deep sadness that we announce that our beloved Chris Kelly has passed away on May 1. To millions of fans worldwide, he was the trend-setting, backward pants-wearing one-half of Kriss Kross, who loved making music. But to us, he was just Chris – the kind, generous and fun-loving life of the party.”
It continues: “Though he was only with us a short time, we feel blessed to have been able to share some incredible moments with him. His legacy will live on through his music.”