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UPDATE: Chris Kelly, One Half of 90’s Hip-Hop Group ‘Kriss Kross’ Dead at 34

Kris Kross/Chris Kelly (Left), Chris Smith (Right)

Chris Kelly, one-half of the 1990’s rap duo Kris Kross, has died. He was found at his home in Atlanta.

Update: Thursday May 2, 2013, 12:00 a.m. — According to CBS Atlanta, Chris Kelly may have died of a drug overdose. 

A spokeswoman with the Fulton County Police Department said unless the medical examiner finds out something different, it appears Kelly died of a drug overdose.

The official autopsy will be done tomorrow.

Chris’s mother Donna Kelly Pratte also released a statement,

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 trendsetting, backwards pants-wearing one-half of Kris Kross who loved making music. But to us, he was just Chris – the kind, generous and fun-loving life of the party. 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, and we will forever love him.

11:23 p.m. — According to ABC News Radio, 34 year old Kelly was pronounced dead Wednesday afternoon at around 5 p.m. at Atlanta Medical Center. The cause of death is under investigation, and an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday morning.


Kelly, a.k.a. ‘Mac Daddy,’ was a member of Kris Kross with Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith. Their biggest hit, “Jump,” was released in 1992, and followed by song’s like “Warm It Up” and “I Missed the Bus.” In addition to their music, the duo is remembered for wearing their clothes backwards, and the group released three albums.

As more information is provided we will be sure to keep you posted. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chris Kelly as well as his family and friends.

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