Kris Kross Rapper Chris Kelly Dies at 34

Kris Kross

Chris Kelly, one-half of the ’90s rap duo Kris Kross, died Wednesday at the age of 34.

The rapper, known as “Mac Daddy,” was found unresponsive at his Atlanta home and was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, the Fulton County medical examiner’s office told CNN.

Kelly, along with Chris Smith, rose to stardom in 1992 with the hit “Jump,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks.

Kelly and Smith were 13 when they were discovered in 1991 by Jermaine Dupri.

In February, the duo reunited and performed at the 20th anniversary concert for J.D.’s So So Def label.

Celebrities took to Twitter to send their condolences. “R.I.P Chris Kelly. May GOD embrace your soul & lift up your family,” tweeted LL Cool J, while Nicki Minaj added, “So sorry to hear that. Sending love to his family. RIP Chris.”

UPDATE: Kelly’s mother, Donna Kelly Pratte, and So So Def have released a joint statement.

“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.”

—Donna Kelly Pratte (mother) & The So So Def Family

NOTE: No further comments or interviews with the family or So So Def will be granted at this time. We appreciate your understanding.

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  1. 2bad2bme

    awww man rip damn i hate to hear news like that man


  2. steven

    so sad. r.i.p. brother. thanks for the music.


  3. Hank

    WTF? RIP my dude!


  4. Damn Man



  5. Chris Kelly RIP

    Wow this is so not real to me. RIP Chris Kelly KrisKross4life


  6. jonnyjon

    I am the only thinking which is the one that died?


    #RihannaNAVi Reply:

    @jonnyjon, the dark skin dude with the shades, R.I.P


  7. Chris Kelly RIP

    the bold one on the leftside


  8. Oh



  9. randy

    rap up yall couldnt get a solo picture they are current enough for people to know which one is which. come to think about it, yall probably dont even know lol.

    rip though


  10. BEYHIVE2013

    R.I.P. Chris Kelly!


  11. PrinceJawsh

    Damn, so sad to hear. I coulda sworn it was yesterday the were gearing up for a comeback tour :/


  12. TSpaz

    RIP to Chris Kelly. So sad to hear.


  13. Croqque

    Grew up on these guys. So many Kris Kross memories it’s nuts.


  14. eyfresh

    This is just fucked up. So soon! RIP man, the coolest hip hop kids I first saw on tv with sweaters worn back to front, oh man… Jump! Jump! :-)


  15. Gruuuga

    How this shit happened though ?


  16. Ursula

    This is horrible. RIP.


  17. bibi93



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