Kris Kross rapper Chris Kelly passes away at 34

  • Chris Kelly of the 1990s rap duo Kris Kross has passed away in an Atlanta hospital at the age of 34. Kelly was found "unresponsive" at his home on Wednesday.

    According to a police report, a friend said Kelly had been taking a mixture of heroin and cocaine on Tuesday evening.

    Kris Kross was made up of Kelly, known as "Mac Daddy", and Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith. The pair were known for their 1992 hit Jump as well as for wearing their trousers backwards. They were just 13 when they were discovered in an Atlanta mall.

    A joint statement released by their label 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 Kris Kross, who loved making music. But to us, he was just Chris - the kind, generous and fun-loving life of the party.”

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