The cause is still unknown and an autopsy is pending.
Chris Kelly, one of the members of the 90s rap sensation Kris Kross, died yesterday from causes that are still unknown. The performer was just 34. Kelly and his co-star Chris Smith, were discovered at a mall in the early 90s, when both were 13. Under the stage name Mac Daddy, Kelly released the debut album “Totally Krossed Out” alongside Smith, who was known as Daddy Mac. Everyone remembers the big hit off that album, “Jump”. Unfortunately, even after going on a nationwide tour with Michael Jackson, Kris Kross failed to repeat their smash success with the sophomore album Da Bomb. The duo released one last album in 1996, but, like many one hit wonders, they were destined for a gradual fade into obscurity. Earlier this year, Kelly and Smith had a sort of reunion, when they performed together in Atlanta, Ga.
Kelly was found unresponsive at his Atlanta home on Wednesday afternoon. He was immediately rushed to the Atlanta Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at around 5pm. Kelly’s mother, Donna Kelly, issued a joint statement with So So Def, the label, which first signed Kris Kross back in the 90s.
"It is with deep sadness that we announce that our beloved Chris Kelly has passed away on May 1," the statement read. "To millions of fans worldwide, he was the trend-setting, backward 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."