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Chris Kelly's Wake

Tears, Forward Pants,

And a 'Jump' Instrumental

5/8/2013 5:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Chris Kelly
's public wake is under way at a funeral home in Atlanta, GA ...  where mourners were greeted with an instrumental version of "Jump" ... TMZ has learned.

Friends and family members have been paying their respects to the Kris Kross rapper at the open-casket event all day long -- while final preparations are made for tomorrow's public funeral.

Although Chris kept faithful to his pants-backward style his entire adult life, his burial trousers were forward ... he was dressed in a black suit, white shirt and pink tie, sporting earrings and a goatee.

We're told Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith and Jermaine Dupri (who discovered Kris Kross) have not arrived to the wake ... yet. Sources tell us Smith is taking Kelly's death especially hard and is still trying to pull himself together.

Inside the casket, on a sign attached to the coffin lid, read the words: "Cause that's what I was born to do ..." lyrics from the Kris Kross hit "Warm It Up."

The casket was flanked by photos of Chris and Daddy Mac in their heyday.

No media were allowed inside, though the viewing was open to the public ... one vehicle rolled up with "Jump" blaring out the windows ... a few local news trucks were parked outside ... but otherwise it's been a quiet affair.

A small group of family and close friends planned to gather later on at Chris's house.

We broke the story ... Kelly died on May 1 after a suspected cocaine and heroin overdose. He was 34.

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45 COMMENTS

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1.

awards    

RIP MoFo, eh?

495 days ago
2.

momofthree    

I can't quite muster sympathy for drug addicts. Such an easy way out. Pathetic.

495 days ago
3.

Erik    

One less junkie loser in the world, good riddance!

495 days ago
4.

flyskimmer    

It would have been more fitting if he had chosen to actually "jump" if he was going to do it right

495 days ago
5.

Celeb Gossip Addict    

Rest in peace Chris.

495 days ago
6.

Toilethead    

He's in that box because of stupid behavior. It's his own fault.

495 days ago
7.

rlemons    

If you can't have respect for someone who clearly lost their way and left the world to soon, then why comment? He was somebody's son, an friend. Not a joke. People are there crying for him right now just have some respect!

495 days ago
8.

Lucky_130    

You would have to have Jump play at the wake or funeral because those losers didnt have any other songs!

495 days ago
9.

AllMe    

real sad but as a grown ass man he should have known better..

495 days ago
10.

max    

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

495 days ago
11.

Jessy    

Some of you people are heartless. So many of us fans still loved you, Chris. I hate you lost your way but thag doesn't change the impact you had on our childhoods. Thanks for the joy! Prayers to his family, friends and to Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith-I love you man! Rest in Paradise Chris!

495 days ago
12.

Macy12    

Awwww RIP

495 days ago
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DarkEydDeviL    

Broke the story? I don't think so, TMZ was the last place I saw his death reported. Besides, does it matter? It's not an arrest or scandal, it's a death. RIP Chris. May you find the peace in death that you were unable to find in life.

495 days ago
14.

roll3567    

It's wiggity wiggity whack. The guy lost his way. How many pill heads are out there on their "prescribed" drugs? How many ppl drink a 12pk every night? Just bc it's legal does that make it okay? There's no difference.

495 days ago
15.

A1Commenter    

While his death is a tragedy, it should just have been reported and then not mentioned again. To cover his funeral and such glorifies his behavior and is not really news. His music is his legacy and his self-caused death should be a cautionary tale. Leave his services private and stop glorifying destruction by drugs.

495 days ago
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