ATLANTA — 1990s rapper Chris ‘Mac Daddy’ Kelly of the hip-hop group Kris Kross died Wednesday evening from a suspected drug overdose. He was 34.
Fulton County police were dispatched to Chris ‘Mac Daddy’ Kelly’s home on Stoneleigh Drive in South Fulton shortly after 4:30 p.m. He was discovered unconscious. He was transported to the Atlanta Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Fulton County Police said the cause of death appears to be a drug overdose though the Medical Examiner won’t confirm until toxicology tests are performed.
Chris ‘Mac Daddy’ Kelly and bandmate Chris ‘Daddy Mack’ Smith were discovered by producer Jermaine Dupri at a local mall in 1992. Kris Kross wore their pants backwards during performances. They will best be remembered for their hit song “Jump,” which climbed as high as No. 3 on the Billboard Top 100 List in 1992.
Chris ‘Mac Daddy’ Kelly’s mother, Donna Kelly Pratte and The So So Def Family released a statement early Thursday morning, saying:
“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.”
Jump by Kris Kross: