chris kelly

Kris Kross rapper Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly died yesterday afternoon  in his hometown of Atlanta at the age of 34. The tragic news comes just a few months after Chris reunited with his Kris Kross partner Chris Smith to kick off the So-So Def 20th Anniversary All-Star Concert at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on February 23.

According to the Associated Press:

Chris Kelly, half of the 1990s kid rap duo Kris Kross who made one of the decade’s most memorable songs with the frenetic “Jump,” died at an Atlanta hospital on Wednesday of an apparent drug overdose at his home, authorities said. He was 34.

“It appears it may have been a possible drug overdose,” said Cpl. Kay Lester, a spokeswoman for the Fulton County police.

This, Lester said, is based on statements received at the scene as well as evidence turned up at Kelly’s home in south Atlanta.

According to Lester, police were called to Kelly’s home at around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was transported to the south campus of the Atlanta Medical Center.

Investigator Betty Honey of the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office said Kelly was pronounced dead at the hospital at around 5 p.m. Wednesday.

No official cause of death has been determined, pending an autopsy.


Check out his last performance at So So Def’s anniversary concert:

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