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Kris Kross Rapper

Dead at 34

Drug Overdose Suspected

5/2/2013 6:24 AM PDT UPDATED: 5/2/2013 6:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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6:21 AM PT -- Kelly had used a combination of cocaine and heroin the night before his death, this according to the police report obtained by TMZ.

5:53 AM PT -- Kelly’s death is being investigated as a drug overdose, so says Fulton County police Cpl. Kay Lester.

It's unclear what kind of drug or drugs officials believe Kelly had been using prior to his death.

An autopsy is set to take place later this morning.

Chris Kelly
-- one half of the iconic rap group Kris Kross -- died Wednesday in Atlanta after he was found unconscious at his Georgia home. He was 34.

Kelly was pronounced dead around 5:30PM EST at the south campus of the Atlanta Medical Center.

As part of Kris Kross, Kelly shot to super stardom in the '90s with the group's mega hit, "Jump."  They were also famous for wearing their clothing on backwards.

Back in February -- Kelly and his rap partner, Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith, reunited for a long overdue performance.

Kelly even appeared on TMZ Live -- and couldn't have been nicer.

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Kelly's family released a statement saying, "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."

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SKiNET HD    

Wow. Just another reminder of how short life is.

478 days ago
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Toilethead    

I'll almost bet it was a drug OD. I hope I'm wrong though.

478 days ago
3.

monim    

He was my favorite Chris. RIP

478 days ago
4.

CoconutScrimp    

What happened?? This came out of nowhere!

I can't say that I was a fan of the song but I remember it being HUGE back in the day! I also remember them from MJ's Jam video.

478 days ago
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Throwback kid    

Welcome to the party TMZ, I have been reporting this on your site for a half hour now. How can you not be up with this story but tell us about a broken window at Spagos? I scooped TMZ and broke this story to the TMZ readers first. I had to go to the comments section of that loser Lohan to report this

478 days ago
6.

Sonja    

Whatever the reason 34 is too young to just be found dead. Sad day for his family and friends.

478 days ago
7.

Vegasgirl78    

So sad! A part of my childhood just died.

478 days ago
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Phoenicks    

So wiggity wiggity wiggity wack

478 days ago
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Tabby Catt    

a little late TMZ but I bet we know when Kim k takes a ****

478 days ago
10.

max    

who??? and why (should we care)???

478 days ago
11.

tonymelasa    

RIP

478 days ago
12.

what789    

Rip! So sad.

478 days ago
13.

Buckaroobonzai    

the entertainment biz is poison.

478 days ago
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Wow ...    

OM, he was so young. RIP and thanks for making me Jump!!!

478 days ago
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@luvonfiyah    

Gone 222 soon! ; {

478 days ago
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