Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly Of Kriss Kross Passes Away
May 2, 2013

Kriss Kross
Chris Kelly aka Mac Daddy of '90s Hip-Hop duo Kriss Kross passed away on Wednesday (5/1) at the age of 34. According to reports, Kelly was found unresponsive in his Atlanta home and taken to a local medical center, where he was pronounced dead. TMZ is reporting that a mixture of cocaine and heroin may have been the cause of Kelly's death.

Kriss Kross (Kelly and Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith) had a massive crossover hit with 1992's "Jump," which spent eight weeks at #1. The pair was discovered by then-18-year-old artist/producer/songwriter Jermaine Dupri at an Atlanta mall. Dupri produced their album Totally Krossed Out, which went 4X Platinum and produced four singles. Kriss Kross spawned a fashion statement with their backwards clothes, toured with Michael Jackson (and made a cameo in his "Jam" video), released two more albums and even had their own Sega video game. After 1996's Young, Rich & Dangerous, the pair split up but reunited for So So Def's 20th anniversary concert earlier this year.

Dupri released a statement following Kelly's death, saying, "To the world Chris was MacDaddy but to me, he was a son I never had. As much as you may think I taught him, he taught me. God has blessed me to be in the presence of so many naturally talented people, and Chris was one."

A number of acts have paid tribute to Kelly and Kriss Kross. Deftones covered "Jump" in concert last night, while rappers such as Big Boi, LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj and Ludacris all tweeted their condolences.

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