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UPDATE May 3 1:46 AM ESTChris “Daddy Mac” Smith released the following statement to E! Online on the death of his Kris Kross rap partner and best friend, Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly:

Chris Kelly was my Best Friend,” said the rapper in a statement. “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,” he continued. “It is what we wanted to do and what brought us happiness. I will always cherish the memories of the C-Connection.”


UPDATE 11:36 AM ESTChris ‘Mac Daddy’ Kelly’s mother, Donna Kelly Pratte, and his uncle told police that her son had an “extensive history of drug use”  and that he had taken “speedballs” — a potentially fatal cocktail of heroin and cocaine — the night before his death, TMZ reports.

According to the police report, Pratte said that she had taken him home to recover from his latest night of partying — as she had done in the past — but that Kelly had been complaining of feeling nauseous all morning before he eventually passed out.

UPDATE 2:56 AM ESTChris ‘Mac Daddy’ Kelly’s mother, Donna Kelly Pratte, 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.”

UPDATE 1:36 AM EST — Based on statements received and evidence discovered at Chris ‘Mac Daddy’ Kelly’s home in south Atlanta, a drug overdose may have been the cause of his death.

“It appears it may have been a possible drug overdose,” said Cpl. Kay Lester, a spokeswoman for the Fulton County police.

An autopsy is scheduled to be performed Thursday morning (May 2).

UPDATE 11:58 PM EST The Fulton County, Georgia, Medical Examiner’s Office confirms that Chris Kelly died around 5 p.m. at Atlanta Medical Center South.

UPDATE 10:50 PM EST The Associated Press reports that “authorities are unsure of Kelly’s cause of death and that an autopsy has yet to be performed.”

UPDATE 10:00 PM EST Chris ‘Mac Daddy’  Kelly, 34, of the 90’s Hip-Hop group, Kris Kross, was pronounced dead at Atlanta Medical Center around 8 p.m. eastern, according to


Chris ‘Mac Daddy’ Kelly, 34, of the 90’s Hip-Hop group, Kris Kross, has died, according to legendary Atlanta radio host DJ Greg Street, music producer Bryan-Michael Cox and others in the music business who have taken to Twitter to offer condolences.

Street released the following statement:

Sad to hear the loss of my lil homie, Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly. I met him and Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith in ’93. Their song “Jump” had been #1 on the billboard charts for eight weeks. Everyone knows Kriss Kross for their music and the crazy way they used to dress, but once they started working with So So Def, they became family.

Kriss Kross just performed at the 20th anniversary of So So Def.

Around 7:45 I received a phone call from his cousin saying they had found Kelly at the house just 20 minutes earlier and he was unresponsive.

I just received confirmation that he has passed.

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The group is best known for wearing their clothes backwards and the classic anthem ‘Jump, Jump.’

Watch it below:

In a wide-ranging  January 2013 interview, Kelly spoke about his plans for the future, beef with rival Hip-Hop group, Another Bad Creation, suffering with Alopecia and his relationship with partner Chris ‘Daddy Mac’ Smith (pictured below right). The duo was discovered in 1991 at the age of thirteen by legendary producer and founder of So So Def Records, Jermaine Dupri. They last performed at the So So Def 20th anniversary concert at the fabulous Fox Theater in Atlanta in February.

See performance below:

This is a developing story. Check back with NewsOne for updates.

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