Sadly, tragic news tonight as it’s being reported Kris Kross rapper Chris Kelly has died. In a statement investigator Betty Honey of the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office said she pronounced Kelly dead around 5pm on Wednesday at the Atlanta Medical Center. Honey said authorities are unsure of Kelly’s cause of death and that an autopsy has yet to be performed.
His mother, Donna Kelly Pratte, and The So So Def Family have released a statement about his untimely passing:
“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.”
Soon after the statement was made, Twitter quickly became alive with condolences from celebrities and friends alike.
Fellow rapper and actor LL Cool J dedicated a song to the departed rapper, tweeting ‘R.I.P Chris Kelly. This song is now officially dedicated to you. May GOD embrace your soul & lift up your family.’
Actress Alyssa Milano was also quick to pay her respects to Kelly’s memory tweeting ‘Rest in peace. Chris Kelly #KrisKross #jumpjump.’
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