Kris Kross’ Chris Kelly Death: Mother, Police Suspect Drug Overdose [Details]

Rucuss staffMay 2, 2013

Drugs may have been the cause of Kriss Kross member Chris Kelly’s death.

Kelly, who was known as Mac Daddy, was found “unresponsive” by his mother, Donna Kelly Pratte, on his living room couch Wednesday. The 34-year old was later pronounced dead at Atlanta Medical Center South. Atlanta authorities is scheduled to conduct an autopsy on Thursday to determine the cause of death.

In a police report obtained by MTV, officers arrived at Kelly’s home at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday in response to a report of a death. Paramedics found Kelly lying unresponsive on the living room couch with “no life signs.”

Kriss Kross Rapper Chris Kelly Dead at 34 [Details]

After moving Kelly to the floor to administer CPR, they transported him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Kelly’s mother, Donna, spoke to the investigating officer and said Chris had taken a mixture of heroin and cocaine the night before.

Donna said she brought Kelly home to “recover from his drug use and [that he] had done this several times in the past.” Pratte explained Kelly had felt nauseous all morning and that he passed out around 3 p.m. and was unresponsive, prompting her to call 911.

Pratte and Kelly’s uncle, Lamar Williams, told police that Kelly had an extensive history of drug use. Police did not find anything unusual about Kelly’s body or the inside of his residence.

Pratte issued a statement on her son’s death,

“It is with deep sadness that we announce that our beloved Chris Kelly has passed away on May 1. To millions of fans worldwide, he was the trendsetting, backwards pants-wearing one-half of Kris Kross who loved making music. 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. His legacy will live on through his music, and we will forever love him.”

Kelly and group member Chris Smith released their multiplatinum album Totally Krossed Out in 1992. Their biggest hit was Jump, where they were known for wearing their clothes backwards.

Watch Kriss Kross’ final performance below.

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