LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Rapper Chris Kelly, who shot to fame as part of the 1990s duo Kriss Kross, has been found dead at his home in Atlanta, reports said Thursday. He was 34.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on its website that Kelly’s death was being treated as a possible drug overdose.
The rapper — known by fans as “Mac Daddy” — was found unresponsive at his home on Wednesday and rushed to Atlanta Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy has been scheduled for Thursday.
Kelly partnered with Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith to form Kriss Kross in 1990. The duo’s best-known hit was 1992’s “Jump” which sold four million copies in the United States and topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts for eight weeks.
Kelly and Smith were known for wearing their clothes back-to-front, a quirk referenced by the singer’s mother Donna Kelly Pratte in a statement reported by several US media outlets early Thursday.
“To millions of fans worldwide, he was the trendsetting, backwards pants-wearing one-half of Kris Kross who loved making music,” she said.
“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.”