Kris Kross rapper Chris Kelly's death a likely overdose

Thu May 2, 2013 4:25pm EDT
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ATLANTA (Reuters) - Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly of the 1990s rap duo Kris Kross likely died of a drug overdose, police said on Thursday, a day after the 34-year-old was found unconscious at his Atlanta home.

Kelly gained fame as a young teen in 1992 with the hit song "Jump" and for the duo's fashion trademark of wearing their clothes backward.

"Based on the information at the scene, we are concluding that it was a drug overdose," said Corporal Kay Lester, spokeswoman for the Fulton County Police Department.

Kelly was found unconscious at his home on Wednesday and pronounced dead about three hours later in an Atlanta hospital, Lester said.

A friend told police that Kelly had been taking a mixture of heroin and cocaine on Tuesday evening, according to a police report.

An autopsy for Kelly found no signs of foul play or trauma, the Fulton County Medical Examiner said in a statement. Results from a toxicology report will available in three to four weeks.

Kelly had an extensive history of drug abuse, Kelly's uncle told police, according to their report.

The Kris Kross duo of Kelly and Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith was best known for "Jump" which topped the mainstream U.S. music charts in 1992 when Kelly and Smith were both 13 years old.

The duo, whose pants and shirts backward look was mimicked by fans, never scored a top 10 U.S. hit after "Jump" and released their third and final studio album, "Young, Rich & Dangerous," in 1996.   Continued...

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. REUTERS/Jonathan Phillips