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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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Tiffiney    

One of the very few left from my childhood soundtrack...damn

451 days ago
17.

Vegas mommy    

Just sad..... 😞

451 days ago
18.

forreal    

Oh wow! This one blows me away. RIP.

451 days ago
19.

barbarella    

RIP

451 days ago
20.

Arshay    

R.I.P

451 days ago
21.

Starwatcher2012    

OMG. What happened? I love Kriss Kross. RIP!

451 days ago
22.

Shelly30    

You have made a lot of little girls happy.RIP

451 days ago
23.

Sona Krii    

Kris Kross Rapper Chris Kelly Died at Age 34, Cause of death and Dead Photos Revealed http://tiny.cc/Chris-Kelly

451 days ago
24.

Xsjado    

Dayum... RIp mack daddy..

451 days ago
25.

TheEric    

I guess dressing like a ****ing idiot is bad for your health

451 days ago
26.

Illuminati president     

Damn I remember back in my childhood wearing clothes backwards because of them. Sad RIP

451 days ago
27.

Ms_lele81    

This is unbelievable I thought he was doing ok...sad! :-(

451 days ago
28.

kaz    

Wear your backwards overalls at half-mast tomorrow, folks.

451 days ago
29.

jjones22287    

I downloaded JUMP few weeks ago and been blasting it ever since. I use to wear my clothes backwards RIP

451 days ago
30.

kev55443    

most likely a heart attack. is my guess. I remember wearing my clothes inside out and backwards in the 6th grade hahahaha.

451 days ago
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