Kris Kross Rapper Chris Kelly Dead at 34

One half of the famous rap duo has died at the age of 34.


Chris Kelly, best known as one half of the iconic rap group Kris Kross has tragically died at the age of 34.

Kelly had been found “unresponsive” at his home on Wednesday, local media reported.

Kris Kross was made up of Kelly, known as “Mac Daddy”, and Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith. They are most widely remembered for their 1992 hit Jump.

In February, they had performed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the So So Def label that signed them.

The duo, who famously wore their trousers backwards and extra baggy, were just 13 when they were discovered in an Atlanta mall.

Back in the ’90′s if you didn’t listen and love the monster hit, “Jump” you may have never listened to music. Now one half of the amazing group is gone forever!

“It appears it may have been a possible drug overdose,” Cpl. Kay Lester, a spokeswoman for the Fulton County police has told the AP.

According to Lester, the police were called to Kelly’s house around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

There is currently no answers on the cause of his death. Chris was 34. Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office said an autopsy is planned for Thursday.

Chris Kelly (on the left) with his partner and friend Chris Smith in a more recent photo.

Chris Kelly’s Legacy

Chris was joined by his rap partner Chris Smith, and both became instant stars in 1992 with the epic jam “Jump,” which was a Billboard Top 100 smash charting at #1 for eight consecutive weeks! His stage name was the Mac Daddy.

The multi-platinum selling group was founded by hip hop legend Jermaine Dupri when they both were 13.

Listen To Their Biggest Hit – “Jump”

One of the best rap songs of all time, “Jump” will be remembered forever.

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