(Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly and Chris Smith, photographed earlier this year in Atlanta)
Rapper Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly, one half of the 90s duo Kris Kross, died at an Atlanta hospital on Wednesday evening. The 34-year-old was found unresponsive at his Atlanta home says a representative from the Fulton County medical examiner’s office. No further details have been released as to the cause of death, as his body is set to go through further examination on Thursday, according to Billboard.
UPDATE #1: CBS Atlanta added a note to their story on Kelly’s death, saying that the police suspect “drug overdose” as the cause of death.
“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.”
UPDATE #2: So So Def and Chris Kelly’s mother has issued an official 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.”
– Donna Kelly Pratte (mother) & The So So Def Family
Read more about Chris Kelly and Chris Smith’s important legacy as Kris Kross…
And the reaction from an Atlanta radio producer who spoke to Chris Kelly early today…
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