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The Mac Daddy from Kris Kross is Dead


Rapper CHRIS KELLY has died at the young age of 34.  You'd know Chris better as the MAC DADDY from the '90s kid hip-hop duo KRIS KROSS.

There's no word on the cause of death, but a police source says it looks like it was a HOMICIDE.  An autopsy will take place this morning.  Kelly was found unresponsive in his home in Atlanta yesterday.  He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Kris Kross consisted of Kelly and CHRIS SMITH, a.k.a. the DADDY MAC.  They were famous for their 1992 hit "Jump", from their album "Totally Krossed Out", and also for wearing their clothes backwards.  (Here's the video for "Jump".)




Kris Kross were discovered at an Atlanta mall in 1990 by producer Jermaine Dupri.  They actually performed earlier this year at a 20th anniversary party for Dupri's So So Def Records.  (Here are some then-and-now pics of Kris Kross.  Kelly's the one on the left.)  (E! Online)


 Update 7:30 am


"Kris Kross" rapper Chris Kelly had been using a combination of cocaine and heroin the night before his death, this according to the police report obtained by TMZ.   According to the report, paramedics initially responded to Kelly's Atlanta home around 3 PM EST, after his mother called 911 asking for medical assistance. 

When help arrived, paramedics found 34-year-old Kelly lying on the living room couch, unresponsive and with "no life signs." The medics attempted to revive Kelly, to no avail.   Kelly was immediately transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead a few hours later. 

After the death, cops spoke with Donna Kelly Pratt, Chris' mother, who told police the night before Kelly's medical emergency, he had taken a mixture of heroin and cocaine, commonly known as "speedballs."  Donna told police she had personally taken Kelly home to recover from the drug use, just as she had done several times before.  Donna told cops Kelly had felt nauseous all morning before passing out. 

According to the report, Kelly's mother and Kelly's uncle both told investigators the rapper had an "extensive history of drug use."