Chris Kelly Dies, Kriss Kross Singer Mourned (VIDEO)

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By Emma Koonse , Christian Post Reporter
May 2, 2013|9:13 am

Chris Kelly of the '90s rap duo Kriss Kross has died of an apparent drug overdose on Wednesday.

  • Chris Kelly
    (Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Phillips)
    Chris Kelly of Kris Kross performs on stage at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia during the So So Def 20th Anniversary Concert, in this photo taken February 23, 2013.

The rapper was just 34-years-old when he died at this home in Atlanta, Ga.

"It appears it may have been a possible drug overdose," Cpl. Kay Lester, a spokesperson for the Fulton County police, told the Associated Press.

Authorities said that their conclusion was drawn from statements received from the scene as well as evidence at Kelly's home.

Lester said that police were called to Kelly's home Wednesday afternoon before he was transported to the Atlanta Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

No official cause of death has been released and the results of an autopsy are pending.

Meanwhile, Kelly was the second half of Kriss Kross, which also included Chris Smith. The duo was just 13 years old when rapper and producer Jermaine Dupri discovered them.

Kriss Kross went on to release the hit single "Jump" and even toured with Michael Jackson.

Furthermore, the group became well known for their signature style. Kriss Kross would give performances while wearing their clothes backwards, causing many fans to copy the trend.

While they were never able to match the success of "Jump," Kriss Kross also had hit songs "Warm It Up" and "Tonight's Tha Night."

Today, many Kriss Kross fans are mourning the loss of Kelly, and both #RIPChrisKelly as well as Kriss Kross became trending topics on Twitter.

Celebrities were among those mourning the rapper, including L.L. Cool J and Nicki Minaj.

"So sorry to hear that," started Minaj. "Sending love to his family. RIP Chris."

L.L. Cool J wrote, "R.I.P. Chris Kelly. This song is now officially dedicated to you. May GOD embrace your soul & lift up your family."

"Rest In Peace, Chris Kelly," Keri Hilson added. "Kriss Kross lives forever. Thank you for the memories. #AtlantasOwn"

Kevin Powell also mourned the loss, posting, "I media coached Kriss Kross right at the peak of their fame back in the day. Sad to hear half the duo now gone. #RIPChrisKelly"

 

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