Chris Kelly from the 1990s rap band “Kris Kross” was pronounced dead at Atlanta Medical Center around 8 p.m. EDT. The social media site is known for spreading false rumors about the early demise of celebrities, but CNN affiliate WXIA confirms the child star’s passing.
The 34-year-old “Jumper” rapper was found unresponsive in his Atlanta home on Wednesday.
Twitter has came out to mourn the late child star along with celebrities like Russell Simmons, legendary Atlanta radio host DJ Greg Street and music producer Bryan-Michael Cox.
Simmons and Cox simply wrote: “RIP Chris Kelly from Kriss Kross…” and “RIP Chris Kelly from Kris Kross. #sosodef20.”
Street sent his condolences to the Kelly family: “THE STREETZ FAMILY SENDS OUR PRAYERS OUT TO THE FAMILY & FANS OF CHRIS KELLY FROM KRIS KROSS #RIPCHRISKELLY.”
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Street also released the following statement, via News One:
“Sad to hear the loss of my lil homie, Chris ‘Mac Daddy’ Kelly. I met him and Chris ‘Daddy Mac’ Smith in ’93. Their song ‘Jump’ had been #1 on the billboard charts for eight weeks. Everyone knows Kriss Kross for their music and the crazy way they used to dress, but once they started working with So So Def, they became family.
“Kriss Kross just performed at the 20th anniversary of So So Def.
“Around 7:45 I received a phone call from his cousin saying they had found Kelly at the house just 20 minutes earlier and he was unresponsive.
“I just received confirmation that he has passed.”
Kelly’s cause of death is currently unknown and the hip-hop star’s rep hasn’t commented.
Kris Kross was best known for their hit “Jump, Jump” and for wearing their clothes backwards. Kelly and Smith were only 13 years when Jermain Dupri, according to Billboard.com, discovered them in a mall. “Jump” stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 for 8 weeks.