Chris Kelly's cause of death has been decided by an Atlanta Coroner. Kelly was found unresponsive at his Atlanta home on May 1st 2013 and declared dead shortly after. The cause of his death has been ruled by the Coroner as a drug overdose.
Chris Kelly's cause of death has been decided by a medical official as a drug overdose. The former member of Kris Kross was found in his Atlanta home on May 1st. Paramedics attempted to resuscitate the 34-year-old but he was declared dead upon reaching the Atlanta Medical Center.
Kris Kross: Chris Smith and Chris Kelly in 1993.
Chris Kelly was a member of 90's Hip-Hop duo Kris Kross. The other half of the group was Chris Smith. They were 13 when they were 'discovered' by Jermaine Dupri and first started recording music. Kris Kross separated in 1998 after 8 years working together.
Of Kelly's work his mother, in a statement following his death, said "to millions of fans worldwide, he was the trendsetting, backwards pants-wearing one-half of Kris Kross who loved making music". She hopes his legacy will continue through his music.
His mother, Donna Kelly Pratte, was with her son in the hours leading up to his death. She had taken him home after he had consumed cocaine and heroin, according to People. His uncle claims Kelly "had an extensive history of drug abuse".
People claims Pratte called for the emergency services after her son, complaining of nausea, had passed out. Apparently, Pratte was aware of her son's substance abuse problem and frequently looked after her son after his binges.
Pratte praised her son, in her statement, saying he was "kind, generous and fun-loving life of the party". She went on to say the family were "blessed" to have shared some "incredible moments" with Kelly.
Jermaine Dupri, who 'discovered' Kris Kross, in 2011.