Police: Chris Kelly Died of 'Possible Drug Overdose'

Chris Kelly and Chris Smith
Chris Kelly and Chris Smith
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Kris Kross rapper Chris Kelly might have died from a drug overdose, according to Atlanta police.

The 34-year-old Kelly, best known as one half of the 1990s rap duo Kris Kross, was found unresponsive in his south Atlanta home and pronounced dead at the hospital on Wednesday night.

While a cause of death has not yet been determined -- an autopsy was slated for Thursday morning --Fulton County police Cpl. Kay Lester said: "It appears it may have been a possible drug overdose." She cited evidence at Kelly's house in addition to statements from the scene, The Associated Press reports.
 
Kris Kross soared to fame with the multi-platinum 1992 album Totally Krossed Out, which included the No. 1 hit "Jump," among others. Earlier this year, they performed at the 20th anniversary party for Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def label. 
 
 
The duo, which also included Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith, were 13 years old when Dupri discovered them an at Atlanta mall. They were known for wearing their clothes backwards and baggy.
 
In a joint statement released Wednesday night, Kelly's mother, Donna Kelly Pratte, and So So Def said: "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."
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