A Georgia medical examiner’s investigation has concluded that Chris Kelly of the famed ’90s group, Kris Kross, died from a drug overdose, reports TMZ.
Betty Honey, an investigator for the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office in Atlanta, stated on Monday that the 34-year-old rapper had a cocktail of drugs in his system. The investigator did not provide a list of narcotics that were discovered in Kelly who died May 1, stunning a legion of fans and fellow artists across the globe.
A police report stated Kelly’s mother, Donna Kelly Pratt, admitted to investigators that her son had abused cocaine and heroin the evening before his death and that he battled addiction. On the day Kelly died, the following statement was released by Kelly Pratt and So So Def records:
“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.”
Kelly, who was nicknamed “Mac Daddy,” will always be remembered for the chart-topping hit, “Jump” from the multi-platinum album, “Totally Krossed Out.”