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Chris Kelly, one half of the iconic hip-hop duo, Kriss Kross was found dead in his Atlanta home last night, May 1 of an apparent drug overdose. He was 34.

Chris was found unresponsive and was pronounced dead at Atlanta Medical Center around 8PM EST.

The mother of rapper Chris Kelly, Donna Kelly Pratte, has told authorities her son became sick after taking cocaine and heroin on the night before he died. TMZ also reported that a combination of cocaine and heroin might have contributed to Chris Kelly’s untimely death, but an officially autopsy is being done today.


According to a Fulton County police report Kelly’s mother, Donna Kelly Pratte, and his uncle told authorities the 34-year-old Kelly had a history of drug abuse and experienced similar episodes in the past.

According to the report, cops responded to Kelly’s home Wednesday afternoon and found the 34-year-old lying on the living room couch. 

Both paramedics who arrived to the scene said Kelly was unresponsive and had “no life signs.” They attempted to revive Kelly, to no avail. 
Cops then spoke with Kelly’s friend, Donna, who told officers … the night before Kelly’s medical emergency, he had taken a mixture of heroin and cocaine. 
The friend also told police that Kelly had done this “several times in the past.”

Making this all the more sad is knowing the duo, who was last seen together back in January, were said to be reuniting at the So So Def 20th anniversary concert later this year.


Chris’ mother, Donna Kelly Pratte, released a statement,

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.

And, Jermaine Dupri, who signed and produced Kris Kross, release an emotional letter to the fans: