Kris Kross’ Chris Kelly Dies At 34: Jermaine Dupri & Hip-Hop Community Say Goodbye

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Kris Kross rapper, Chris Kelly, died on Wednesday (May 1) in Atlanta at the age of 34, after he was found unresponsive at home and rushed to the hospital. His cause of death has not been revealed as yet, but an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday. Along with Chris Smith, Kelly made an impact on pop culture beginning with the 1992 single “Jump” from their debut album Totally Krossed Out. The duo also pioneered the trend of wearing their clothing backwards, leaving their mark on the 90s. When news of Kelly’s death broke, members of the hip-hop community took to Twitter to say their goodbyes, while Jermaine Dupri issued a statement via his blog.

Jermaine Dupri wrote to fans: “To the world Chris was MacDaddy but to me, he was a son I never had, as much as you may think I taught him, he taught me, God has blessed me to be in the presence of so many naturally talented people, and Chris was one. His understanding of what we set out to do, from day one was always on point. his passion for the music, his love for doing shows, his want to better than everyone else, was always turnt up. When I think about it I spent more time with Chris than damn near anybody in my whole life, so you can imagine how bad this hurts.?I will always love you Chris, and I will never let the world forget you, may God bless your soul.”

@Timbaland rip2 chris kelly.

@DJIRIE R.I.P. Chris Kelly aka Mac Daddy from #KrisKross

@BumpyKnuckles Wow, just heard about Chris Kelly, met the homie once years ago. RIP to another trend setter from our culture. kriss kross #HipHop

@NICKIMINAJ So sorry to hear that. Sending love to his family. RIP Chris

@iamdiddy RIP Chris Kelly

@Ludacris One of my motivations as a kid to even get into the rap game. You will be missed. R.I.P. Chris Kelly

(Chris Kelly interview on “RapFix Live” in February)

@djdnice The news of Chris Kelly’s death has me feeling numb. I didn’t know him but I appreciated Kris Kross’ contribution to HipHop.

@llcoolj R.I.P Chris Kelly. This song is now officially dedicated to you. May GOD embrace your soul & lift up your family,(including “jump on it”).

@UncleRUSH RIP Chris Kelly from Kriss Kros

@BigBoi R.I.P. Chris Kelly #KrissKross