Kris Kross Rapper Kelly Dead in Likely OD
Chris 'Mac Daddy' Kelly's death probed as overdose
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 2, 2013 3:08 AM CDT
Updated May 2, 2013 10:58 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly, who soared to fame as a member of the 1990s teenage rap duo Kris Kross, has died at age 34 in an Atlanta hospital. He'd been found unresponsive at home yesterday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports; authorities are investigating a possible drug overdose. His mom told police Kelly was using "speedballs," a mixture of cocaine and heroin, the night before he died, according to the police report obtained by TMZ. She said she had taken him home, and that morning he felt nauseous and then passed out. Hours before his death, he discussed his extensive partying in a radio interview.

"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," said a statement from his record label and his mother. "His legacy will live on through his music." The editor-in-chief of the Global Grind hip-hop site offered this tribute, CNN reports: "I'm wearing my clothes to work backwards tomorrow." Kelly and Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith hit No. 1 with their song, "Jump," after being discovered at a mall as 13-year-olds.

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May 3, 2013 3:38 PM CDT
Too bad people try to escape reality by doing drugs. I am glad I had strict parents that taught me right from wrong. A little bit of alcohol is the only thing I do. Smoking killed my dad and I was not even out of college. Never liked the smell of smoke on his clothes when I was younger. People smoking doesn't bother me, it's their choice.
May 3, 2013 2:04 PM CDT
And he'll never ever ever do it again.
May 3, 2013 12:07 PM CDT
You know the difference between a tragedy and a shame is ? Well a bus load of rappers going over cliff is a tragedy the shame is there were two empty seats. Good riddiance to this trash.