Chris Kelly — one half of the music duo Kris Kross — has died at age 34.
Chris Kelly, aka “Mac Daddy” of ’90s hip hop duo Kris Kross, was found dead in his Atlanta home late yesterday (May 1st.) According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kelly was found unresponsive and then taken to Atlanta Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
In the early 1990s, Kelly and Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith became a pop sensation on the heels of their debut single “Jump,” and their distinctive backwards clothing. The two teenagers’ multiplatinum debut album was produced by a young Jermaine Dupri, catapulting all of them to stardom.
“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,” reports CBS Atlanta.
Kelly, along with Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith, was discovered as a young teen by Jermaine Dupri. Kris Kross reunited to perform at Dupri’s So So Def 20th anniversary all-star concert in Atlanta earlier this year.
The rap duo quickly became famous for wearing their clothes backwards and shot to super stardom in the ’90s with the group’s number one Billboard hit, “Jump.”