Chris Kelly of Kris Kross dies at 34
Two decades after their first hit song, one of the members of Kris Kross was pronounced dead after being found unresponsive in his Atlanta home.
One half of the ‘90s rap group Kris Kross has died in Atlanta. According to Fulton County authorities in Georgia, Chris Kelly was found unresponsive Wednesday night.
"Investigator Betty Honey of the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office said the 34-year-old [Kelly] was pronounced dead around 5 p.m. Wednesday at the south campus of the Atlanta Medical Center," according to the Associated Press. "Honey said authorities are unsure of Kelly's cause of death and that an autopsy has yet to be performed."
Kelly was better known as "Mac Daddy" in Kris Kross, and are mostly remembered for the 1992 song "Jump." The song was released when Kelly was only 13.
Kelly and Chris Smith, better known as “Daddy Mac,” were discovered at an Atlanta shopping mall by music producer Jermaine Dupri.
"The duo had surprising maturity in their rap delivery, though the song ["Jump"] was written by Dupri," USA Today reported. "It would become a No. 1 smash in the United States and globally, and one of the most popular songs of that year."
After the success of the song, Kris Kross toured with Michael Jackson and even had their own video game. They never again achieved the success of their first song, but they did reunite earlier this year for the anniversary of Dupri’s record label.
The news of Kelly’s death spread fast, and minutes after it was confirmed, the world of Twitter started commenting.
Rapper Da Brat also performed at Dupri’s anniversary in February. She tweeted, "REST IN PEACE TO MY LIL BRO CHRIS KELLY OF KRIS KROSS. Dam wasn't we JUST at rehearsal and doin a So So Def20 show?"
Def Jam records tweeted, "Rest In Peace Chris Kelly from Kris Kross."
Rapper Ludacris commented on the inspiration he got from Kris Kross. He said, "One of my motivations as a kid to even get into the rap game. You will be missed. R.I.P. Chris Kelly."
Even comedians showed their sorrow for Kelly. Mike Birbiglia tweeted, "Chris Kelly made a lot of people jump. You can't say that for many people. #RIPMacDaddy."
A cause of death for Kelly has not yet been determined.