Chris Kelly, member of the legendary rap group, Kris Kross, was found unresponsive in his Atlanta home yesterday at the age of 34. The cause of death was unknown at the time, but according to police reports obtained by TMZ, a drug overdose was likely the reason for his untimely passing.
According to the report, paramedics initially responded to Kelly’s Atlanta home around 3 PM EST after his mother called 911 asking for medical assistance.
When help arrived, paramedics found 34-year-old Kelly lying on the living room couch — unresponsive and with “no life signs.” The medics attempted to revive Kelly, to no avail.
Kelly was immediately transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead a few hours later.
After the death, cops spoke with Donna Kelly Pratt — Chris’ mother — who told police … the night before Kelly’s medical emergency, he had taken a mixture of heroin and cocaine — commonly known as “speedballs.”
Donna told police she had personally taken Kelly home to recover from the drug use … just as she had done several times before. Donna told cops Kelly had felt nauseous all morning before passing out.
According to the report, Kelly’s mother and Kelly’s uncle both told investigators the rapper had an ‘extensive history of drug use.’
Kelly’s mother, Donna Kelly Pratte, has released a joint statement with Kris Kross’s former label, So So Def…
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.
Jermaine Dupri took to his Global 14 website early this morning to release a letter to the fans calling Chris, The son he never had…
This is an extremely sad case. RIP, Chris. Post your thoughts!