The Death of Mac Daddy!
Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly, one half of the hip-hop duo Kris Kross, died yesterday afternoon after being found unresponsive in his Atlanta home. He was 34 years old.
The Associated Press reported that authorities were called to Kelly’s home at approximately 4:30pm, EST, according to Kay Lester, a spokeswoman for Fulton County Police. Celebrity gossip site TMZ received a copy of the police report and said it was Kelly’s mother, Donna Kelly Pratte, who placed the call. According to TMZ, paramedics arrived earlier than AP’s report, at approximately 3pm, EST, to find the rapper on the living room floor with no vital signs. After unsuccessful attempts to revive him, he was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead “shortly after” 5:30pm, EST according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner.
TMZ’s review of the police report indicated Kelly’s mother and uncle informed authorities of his long history with drug abuse and that he had been using a combination of cocaine and heroin (commonly known as “speedballing”) the night before. An autopsy was scheduled for this morning. An official cause of death will be determined pending its results.
Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly and Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith were only 12 years old in 1990 when they were discovered in an Atlanta mall by a budding 18 year old producer named Jermaine Dupri. Dupri went on to produce their 1992 debut album TOTALLY KROSSED OUT, which quickly soared to number one on the charts, largely on the strength of the hugely popular single, “Jump”. The following year, Dupri launched his own label, So So Def Recordings.
"Jump" remained a number one hit for eight weeks and sold over two million copies. Three more singles would come from TOTALLY KROSSED OUT and the album would go on to sell over four million copies.
Kris Kross released two more albums, 1993’s DA BOMB and 1996’s YOUNG, RICH AND DANGEROUS, which went platinum and gold respectively, but would never again reach the heights of their initial success. They were known for wearing their clothes backwards, a trend Kelly claimed he continued into his adulthood.
Kelly and Smith were contemplating a Kris Kross reunion after appearing earlier this year at So So Def’s 20th Anniversary party.
Chris Kelly’s mother and So So Def released the following statement:
"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.”
Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith issued the following statement through E! Online:
"Chris Kelly was my best friend. He was like a brother. I love him and will miss him dearly. Our friendship began as little boys in first grade. We grew up together. It was a blessing to achieve the success, travel the world and entertain Kris Kross fans all around the world with my best friend. It is what we wanted to do and what brought us happiness. I will always cherish the memories of the C-Connection.”
Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly (August 11, 1978–May 1, 2013)…RIP!