Chris Kelly of Kriss Kross Duo Dead at 34

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Christina Majaski by Christina Majaski


Chris Kelly, aka “Mac Daddy” of the duo Kriss Kross, died in an Atlanta Hospital May 1, 2013 at the age of 34. Although unconfirmed, a spokesman for the Fulton County police has said that Kelly’s death may have been the result of a possible drug overdose.According to the spokesman, Kelly was transported from his home at approximately 4:30 p.m. and pronounced dead at the Atlanta Medical Center at around 5 p.m.

Anyone who happened in be alive in the 1990s is likely aware of the kid duo Kriss Kross and one of the most memorable songs of the decade, “Jump”. Chris Kelly “Mac Daddy” and Chris Smith “Daddy Mac” were discovered in an Atlanta mall in 1992, by producer and rapper, Jermaine Dupre. The duo became widely known for wearing their clothes backwards and was said to have carried a surprising amount of maturity, even when their debut album “Totally Krossed Out” went multiplatinum in 1992.

Kriss Kross became instantly famous and ended up touring with Michael Jackson and appearing on television shows. Though not as big as “Jump”, other hits included “Warm It Up,” and “Tonite’s tha Night”. They performed earlier this year at Jermaine Dupri’s anniversary party for his label, So So Def.

In the past there had been rumors that Kelly was losing hair which were later explained as alopecia.  Otherwise, he appeared to be in good health. His passing has shocked fans across the globe, who will always remember the Mac Dad who made you jump.

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