The Associated Press is reporting the death of Chris Kelly–a member of the ’90s rap duo Kris Kross, died of a drug overdose. Investigators say the toxicology report showed Kelly, 34, had a mixture of drugs in his system the day he died, May 1, 2013. The type of drugs was not specified. However, Kelly’s mom had told police her son used cocaine and heroin the night before he died.
A friend of Kelly’s tells CNN he had taken a mixture of cocaine and heroin Tuesday night. Kelly died the next day after he was found unresponsive at his home.
Kris Kross was probably best known for their hit, “Jump.” The backward clothes wearing duo was discovered in a mall in 1991 by Jermain Dupri, who himself was 19 at the time.
“Mack Daddy” and “Daddy Mack” became famous at the age of 13 with their first hit, “Jump” which stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks–and at the time, became the fastest selling single in 15 years, according to records. The pair released four albums total, however none of their hits quite reached success as their first.
Reports show the following statement was released from Kelly’s family on his death, 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.”